Lucille Desire Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian and star of the much-loved sitcom, I Love Lucy. Lucille is also well known for her insightful quote, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do”. Unfortunately, most of us don’t do, so we fail to realise what we can achieve.
We all have an inner critic. Sometimes this is a good thing that keeps our less attractive qualities in check. Other times however, this inner critic can take on the persona of a demon that can seriously hinder our ability to do what we are capable of and thus realise our potential.
Reading the latest “6 steps to …” post and keeping abreast of industry news is no substitute for getting on and doing stuff.
What is holding you back? You may have clues but because you cannot quite put your finger on it you do nothing other than make excuses to justify you lack of activity. How many do you have?
What follows are 8 common excuses you might tell yourself.
You don’t know how
This is one of the poorest excuses imaginable. What about the internet? What about a book? Is there really anything that you cannot find Information about? Information is far more accessible now that it has ever been. The best part is that most of it is absolutely free.
You don’t know the right people
Like information, people are more accessible than they have ever been before. Nearly anyone you need to know can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or any number of the many other social media networking sites. Develop an attractive proposition and how to deliver it and start networking. Developing contacts takes time but if you really want it badly enough you’ll get there.
You don’t have the money
Although a potentially sensitive issue, very few success people have what they believe to be the required amount when they start something. Deciding when to start a business has similarities with deciding when to start a family. There is no ideal time and also no better time than the present. Someone is starting their personal journey today – is it you?
You can’t afford to take a risk right now
Why not? Are you frightened of leaping into the unknown? Do you think there will be a better time? Let’s turn this on its head. Can you really afford not to take a risk right now?
It’s too hard
Are you kidding me? Anything worth having is hard won. Unless you were ‘lucky enough’ to have been born into one of the 5% of families you will have to work hard for everything you achieve. That means that you have a great feeling of accomplishment ahead of you.
You’re scared of failure
Get used to it. When you were learning to walk you did not stop trying even though you fell countless times. You were determined to walk even though you did not know it at the time. Be determined now. Learn from others. See them do it. Visualise yourself doing it. Do it yourself.
Someone else has already done it
Have you heard of IBM and Apple? How about Hertz and Europcar? Which one was first? No one even cares now. They thing is to differentiate yourself by doing it your own way.
You don’t know where to start
I tried several times to write my semi-autobiographical novel (long story). I planned, I schemed and I considered. The greatest accelerant though was actually putting pen to paper. My first few drafts were far off the mark but they provided substrate to build upon. When you are at the starting line of a marathon you can plan, visualise all you want but you won’t make any progress until you lift your first foot off the ground and place it ahead of the other.
Doing something new that is worth it is hard. If you never try you will never know what was possible.