What are you waiting for? This is not giving you permission to go out and spend until you drop! I am talking about all the things you say you want to do, but put it off for various reasons! You know what I am talking about, it is the weight you want to lose, the exercise you put off, the class you want to take, but put off. The business you want to start, or the habit you want to break!
Let’s be honest, anything worthwhile is difficult, because if it were easy everyone would do it. What have you been putting off? For me, it is cleaning out the garage, but I am not talking about chores. At this time of year the New Year’s Resolutions are forgotten. In other words, it required an effort and you gave up. What was your New Year’s Resolution? Was it to lose weight? Were you going to join a gym? Forget the excuses and start! I lost 35 pounds over 30 years ago and kept it off! Each day, I made sure that I only ate X calories. I substituted low calorie foods for what I was eating and learned to like and eat more fruits and vegetables. I lost the weight in 10-12 weeks.
If it seems that I am simplifying the process, I am. Do you want to look in the mirror some day and see an old man or woman and say where did my life go? When I look in the mirror, I see an old man, but I have done everything I ever wanted to do in my life! So what have you been putting off? Ask yourself what you need to do today to start to accomplish it. About thirty three years ago, I realized I wanted to be financial independent! I put together a plan to accomplish that goal by age forty. I took my goal and broke it down to daily tasks. I monitored my progress weekly, adjusted my efforts to meet my goals and I accomplished my financial independence at age 38!
You have to take responsibility for your life! Stop making excuses and start now to go for what you want. If you don’t have the skills, get them! If you don’t have the training, get it! Get whatever you need to meet the challenge. What do you need to do to lose weight? What do you need to be financially independent? What do you need to do to get out of debt? Remember success is the accomplishment of the goal. Lay out your plan and execute it. Your plan must work for you, so personalize it. When I was trying to lose weight, the vending machines at work could undo my efforts so I never carried money. That worked for me!
Stop waiting and lay out your plans now! Break it down to daily tasks and monitor your results. Hold yourself accountable and reward the successes. If you have been following my progress with my blog, this is an example of adhering to my list of daily tasks. As you know one of my goals is to be in the WISEBREAD Top100 Financial Blogs by the end of the year. In order to meet this goal, I try to write interesting worthwhile articles twice a week and comment on as many blogs as I can every day. I monitor my progress along with you and adjust my effort to reach my weekly and monthly goals to keep me on track to accomplish my goal by the end of the year.
What are you doing to meet your goals? What are you doing today to meet your goals? What excuse is keeping you from your goal? Successful people don’t make excuses, they take action. The difference between an excuse and a reason is clear. An excuse is an explanation of why something failed blaming someone or something. A reason is an explanation where everyone takes accountability. For example, I want to lose weight, but I do not have time to go to the gym. Stop making excuses and start on your dreams. Let’s start a trend, better yet a movement toward accomplishing your goals, dreams or fantasies! What do you think?
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