Over the years I have seen many capable people fall by the wayside, not because they didn't have what it took to succeed, but because they were simply unwilling to overcome their "temporary" fears and/or challenges.
Here are four major excuses that often hold people down:
1. I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME
Finding time is about re-prioritization. Are there any activities you would be willing to give up? Is there something you're doing that someone else could just as easily do? Making time to pursue your dream should be made a high priority. When something really matters, you have to make time for it.
2. I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY
There might be a legitimate argument to make when it comes to financing your dream. But look closer before dismissing your dream for this reason. Often there are low-cost solutions that you might have never considered before. Consider how much you actually need. Put costs down on paper.
And remember, even if money is a problem, it doesn't mean it isn't insurmountable. There are often ways to save a little on the side to fund your dreams. Where there's a will, there's a way.
3. IT'S NOT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO DO IT
Sometimes your dream can seem unrealistic. You might have high goals with huge obstacles that seem insurmountable. The problem with seeing something as impossible is that people often confuse it with being simply difficult. What you want to do might seem so hard that you don't think that you could ever do it. It's not that it's impossible. It’s that you don't think it's possible for you.
Focus on why you're able to do something, not on why you can't. It gets you off that "impossible mindset" and on to something more constructive.
4. NOW IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME TO START
The unfortunate truth about life is that there is never a perfect time to do anything. There are always conditions, personal situations or environmental factors for not doing it. Of course that doesn't mean you shouldn't do it anyway.
If you wait for all the conditions to be perfect, you will always be waiting. Before you know it, years have gone by and you haven't taken a single step to make it happen. Time goes by quickly when you're waiting for the perfect moment.
Remember, an EXCUSE is nothing but skin of reason, stuffed with a lie. Tell your reasons for not succeeding without using words like, "not, can't, luck, circumstances." And if you're unable to, then it's simply an excuse.
In closing and as I was writing this article I heard this 3 times from 3 different sales "professionals" here's the FREE TIP. I hear this comment way to many times on the sales floor. "Let me go check (ask, see, etc) with the Manager. OWN YOUR SPOT IN THIS INDUSTRY. You are a business owner inside your dealership. Learn EVERY process in the dealership, understand the incentives, pricing structure, know the new inventory, etc so that you never have to go "Check with the manager" I close more deals because I don't have to get up from my desk. If you didn't know or chose not to know. YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE CHECKING 3RD PARTY SITES AND YOUR COMPETITORS SITES WHILE YOU ARE "CHECKING WITH THE MANAGER"