2. Stop Making Excuses!
Is this you?
‘Oh no, I couldn’t possibly…’
‘I wouldn’t be any good at it…’
‘I’m not clever enough…’
‘I’m too young/old/tall/small/inexperienced to…’
‘People will laugh…’
I recently had the chance to go snorkelling. I so wanted to see the hidden
world below the waves.
As I started to put on the gear, the excuses queued up in my head.
‘But I’m not a very confident swimmer!’
‘What if I panic!’
‘I’ve never done this before!’
I stood on the shore, watching the others wading into the sea.
Tears lurked. I was afraid. I wanted to leave.
One of the instructors gently asked me if I’d like some help. I nodded and said in a very small voice,’I need you to show me what to do.’
He held my hand and swam in front of me as I tentatively took my first strokes.
And guess what! I absolutely loved it. Shoals of brightly coloured fish swam past and we even saw a turtle. I was amazed.
Why did I stop making excuses?
- because I was highly motivated to do it
- because I knew I could ask for help
- because I understood that my excuses were silly and could be overcome.
- What have you chosen to do but are making excuses for not doing?
- Are you really motivated to do it?
- What’s holding you back? If you need help, ask for it. If it’s fear, read ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway’ by Susan Jeffers
- When you’ve erased all those excuses, do what I did – take a deep breath and wade in …