Stop Making Excuses
People ask me one question a lot.
They ask me, "Trent, how have you been so consistent over the years? How have you stayed consistent in your growth in all these different areas?" I'm going to start the answer to that question with a disclaimer—I'm not a perfect human being, and there are definitely areas I could grow a lot. However, having a growth mindset has definitely helped me achieve more than I otherwise would have. If you're interested in cultivating a similar mindset, read on.
No matter what, there's always room for growth. The combination of understanding that simple fact and genuinely wanting to become a better person are what will drive you to success. How have I stayed consistent? I am truly passionate about becoming the best version of myself. I want to build something incredible, and I want to leave a positive mark on this world before I am gone.
Whoever is out there reading this, I have a question for you. When is it going to be a 'have to' for you?
What I mean by that question is simple. After all, it's not fear that holds you back. It's not struggle. Let me tell you something—there is no struggle stronger than passion. There is no fear stronger than discipline and commitment. So let me ask again—when are your goals going to be something you have to work on? When are your dreams going to be put into action? When are you going to stop wishing and stop talking about what you want, and actually do it?
Although that message might step on some toes, I think that it's a truly important one. In life, we let excuses hold us back more than actual roadblocks. We let laziness and a lack of discipline masquerade as fear and struggle, when in reality, all we need to do is get started.
Stop putting it off until tomorrow.
If you have something you need to do, do it today. The only thing that's stopping you from getting closer to the place you want to be is your lack of commitment. The only thing that's keeping you from achieving your goals is your refusal to take a step forward. It's time for you to get driven. One thing that has helped me achieve some of my goals is remembering why I started. I remind myself why my dream is important to me, and I become so passionate about achieving my dream that nothing can hold me back.
If you find yourself making excuses when it comes to your goals, make the reward greater. Stop devaluing your dreams just because they're difficult to achieve—you and I both know that you're capable of more.
It all starts with you.