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Eliminating “But” From Your Vocabulary

We have all been guilty of creating excuses that keep us from living up to our true potential. We may think we don’t deserve to get what we want. We may get overwhelmed and come up with excuses to not even try. The word “but” should be eliminated from your vocabulary! “But” gives you the option to not reach for your goals. For instance, someone who wants to go back to school and earn their degree may tell themselves it’s too hard, it’ll take too long, it’s too expensive, etc. But the reality is, these are all just excuses based on a fear of failure. If you really want something, you will make it a priority. There is always a solution to every “but.”

Debunking Some Common “Buts”

But, I’m not good at it You can always learn new skills and practice them until you become good at whatever it is you want to do. Michael Jordan didn’t become arguably one of the all-time best NBA players overnight. He constantly tried to improve his game and study his competition all throughout his career. He never stopped practicing.

But, it’s too hard You won’t know if something is too difficult unless you actually try it. How did you discover that you like your favorite food? You tried it first, and even compared it other things you’ve eaten, in order to decide that you like it. Just as you must be willing to try new things in order to determine your likes and interests, you need to be willing to try things that might seem too difficult, especially when aiming for your goals. You may surprise yourself of what you are truly capable of.

But, it’ll take too long We often get so caught up with time. We pack our schedules tightly with more to-do’s than we can accomplish, and we believe time is precious. But when it comes to achieving your dreams, making this excuse allows us to avoid making a commitment or a decision. For instance, let’s say that going back to school will take three years. Is this a long time? Compared to what? In the span of a lifetime, three years is only a blip. Someone debating on going back to school will still be three years older in three years. They can choose to focus on going back to school and earn their degree in that time, or they can continue to make excuses and not obtain their goal.

But, it’s not possible You won’t know if something is possible unless you try. And the best part is, you’re not the first person to try to achieve it. Someone else out there has done the same or something similar. You can always find resources out there to help you figure out how to do something, no matter how impossible it seems. Luckily, we have the ability to search for anything we want on the internet.

But, it’s too overwhelming The feeling of being overwhelmed can easily cause people to avoid making progress toward what they desire. Oftentimes, being overwhelmed means you are trying to do too much or stressing about the bigger picture. By reducing your tasks down to one item at a time, it’s much easier to work toward your goals. You can only ever do one thing at a time, so don’t try to do too much at once.

4 Steps to Eliminating Excuses

You can eliminate excuses – or “buts” – by following these four simple steps.

1. Try It The first step to eliminating buts is to try! You can’t truly know something until you experience it for yourself.

2. Keep Trying New Things Don’t limit yourself. Keep identifying and reaching for new goals and you’ll realize that you are capable of so much more than you ever knew was possible.

3. Learn What You Need to Know Life is all about learning. Never stop trying to gain more knowledge and improve your skills. It can only give you a greater advantage in the long run.

4. Never Give Up Successful people have one major thing in common; they don’t give up. If you don’t succeed on your first try, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Learn from what didn’t work and keep trying until you achieve it.


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