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Good intentions, lame excuses

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There are lots of excuses for failing to achieve success, but very few reasons that actually stand up to scrutiny.

Good intentions, lame excuses
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There are lots of excuses for failing to achieve success, but very few reasons that actually stand up to scrutiny.

People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure, and have what they believe to be airtight alibis to explain away their own lack of achievement.

Some of these alibis are clever, and a few of them are justifiable by the facts. But alibis cannot be used for money. The world wants to know only one thing – have you achieved success?

A character analyst compiled a list of the most commonly used alibis.

As you read the list, examine yourself carefully, and determine how many of these alibis, if any, are your own property. Remember, too, the philosophy presented in this book makes every one of these alibis obsolete.

If I didn’t have a wife and family …

If I had enough ‘pull’ …

If I had money …

If I had a good education …

If I could get a job …

If I had good health …

If I only had time …

If times were better …

If other people understood me …

If conditions around me were only different . …

If I could live my life over again …

If I did not fear what ‘they’ would say …

If I had been given a chance …

If I now had a chance …

If other people didn’t ‘have it in for me’ …

If nothing happens to stop me …

If I were only younger …

If I could only do what I want …

If I had been born rich …

If I could meet ‘the right people’ …

If I had the talent that some people have …

If I dared assert myself …

If I only had embraced past opportunities …

If people didn’t get on my nerves …

If I didn’t have to keep house and look after the children …

If I could save some money …

If the boss only appreciated me …

If I only had somebody to help me …

If my family understood me …

If I lived in a big city …

If I could just get started …

If I were only free …

If I had the personality of some people …

If I were not so fat …

If my talents were known …

If I could just get a ‘break’ …

If I could only get out of debt …

If I hadn’t failed …

If I only knew how …

If everybody didn’t oppose me …

If I didn’t have so many worries …

If I could marry the right person …

If people weren’t so dumb …

If my family were not so extravagant …

If I were sure of myself …

If luck were not against me …

If I had not been born under the wrong star …

If it were not true that ‘what is to be will be’ …

If I did not have to work so hard …

If I hadn't lost my money …

If I lived in a different neighborhood …

If I didn’t have a ‘past’ …

If I only had a business of my own …

If other people would only listen to me …

If – and this is the greatest of them all – I had the courage to see myself as I really am, I would find out what is wrong with me, and correct it, then I might have a chance to profit by my mistakes and learn something from the experience of others.

For I know that there is something wrong with me, or I would now be where I would have been if I had spent more time analysing my weaknesses, and less time building alibis to cover them.

This piece was written in 1937, but could have been written yesterday and been almost as current. The word ‘alibi’ has been replaced by the word ‘excuse’ but the meanings remain the same.

What’s your excuse for not achieving more, and how can you turn that excuse into positive action? Just a thought.

 

• Reproduced from Think and Grow rich, published in 1938 by Napoleon Hill and courtesy of The Napoleon Hill Institute.

Jeffrey Gitomer is an American author, professional speaker and business trainer, who writes and lectures internationally on sales, customer loyalty and personal development.

© 2014 All rights reserved. Don’t reproduce this document without written permission from Jeffrey H. Gitomer and Buy Gitomer. 


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