Here we are in the last week of October. Only two more months until the end of 2010. Have you accomplished everything you set out to do or do you just have a long list of excuses for not accomplishing anything this year?
Have you used any of these excuses? “My business is sufferring because the economy is bad.” “I just can’t find the time to do everything.” “I have to wait until everything is just right.” And I’m sure you can come up with a few more “reasons” for not having enough business.
Let’s take a look at the first excuse – “It’s the economy.”
NO!! It’s not the economy. Even during the great depression, people made money and became wealthy. I have talked to several business owners in the past few weeks who are having their best year ever. If you are in certain industries, will you be affected by the economy? YES! But that may be a wake up call for you to try something new.
It may be time to go to the bookstore and fill your mind with the things you need to figure out where to go from here. It may be time to take a class and learn a new skill. It also may be time to turn off the TV and stop listening to all the talking heads telling you which political party to blame for all of this and how all the “mean” rich people are messing up everything.
The other excuse is “I just don’t have time to get everything done.” The reality is this. We all have time to do the things we really want to do. It amazes me that the most successful people in the world find the time for everything they need to do. It’s because they are very careful how they spend their time and they set strict boundaries for how they let other people use their time. They have time management down to a science and hold themselves accountable for every minute of every day.
The third excuse is “I have to wait until everything is just right”. Do you really have to wait or are you just procrastinating to keep from doing what you know you need to do? This is a perfectionist attitude and perfectionists rarely accomplish anything. Get over your insecurities and do what you know has to be done to build your business.
I understand that a lot of people are struggling and the economy is not as good as it was a few years ago. We are facing new challenges that we haven’t had to face in a few years.
No matter how bad things are, there is always a window of opportunity available. It may be tough, and we may have to do a few things that we do not enjoy doing. But we will all get through this if we keep learning, keep working, turn off the TV, and stop making excuses.
It all boils down to personal responsibility and personal accountability. So, stop making excuses. Take control of your future by taking action and planning for a great year in 2011.