Excuses Won't Change Your Life
Some of you need to hear this so I’m just going to be real with you for a minute. If you fight for your excuses then you get to keep them. Excuses won’t change your life. I know it’s a common phrase to say “That’s easier said than done,” but we end up just using phrases like these to keep ourselves in the same place we’ve been for years. I’ve been guilty of it too, so I get it. I hear people saying “I hate my job,” or “I’m stuck in this relationship that I don’t know how to get out of.” If you love your job or your partner then this message isn’t for you but if you find yourself saying these things and feel like nothing ever changes then maybe it’s time to do something about it.
When I started pursuing public speaking, I had to grind a lot. It took sacrifices. I used to love to go out and party and hang with friends but I realized that the partying lifestyle wasn’t feeding into my vision of the future and so I dropped it. It was hard, I had friendships end and I ruffled some feathers to change my lifestyle. In the end I had to do it for myself. Not for anyone else.
No one is going to come in and save your life for you. It’s all on you. If you’re stuck, it’s your job to “unstick” yourself. Some of you complain about your job and work at a nine to five only to relax or party on the weekends. How are you going to change your circumstance if the only free time you have is spent relaxing or partying with friends? You’re going to have to make a sacrifice. If you want change you will have to be that change. Sacrifice your weekends to the grind, push yourself like you’ve never done before and see what happens. I know I always say this but I know it won’t be easy. It’s going to be different for everyone that starts on this journey. You might lose friends, family members, opportunities to do other things. You’ll make sacrifices but if you live like no one else while you grind, one day you’ll be able to live the lifestyle that no one but you could have created.
Picture where your success will lead you in the coming years. Imagine what it might actually be like (of course there’s no real way to know exactly). This image in your head will continue to help you drive towards a life worth living. Dedication changes your life. Consistency changes your life. Visualizing changes your life. Sacrifices and hard work change your life. Excuses won’t change your life, they will only keep you where you are and change your perception of your future to a more bleak version of what you could really have if you made it happen. You can do it. You were built for it.
It’s rehab time.
It all starts with you.