What do you want to do? That seems like such a BIG question with life-altering, existential, fear-inducing magnitude. I mean, one step in the wrong direction could mean many wasted hours and loss of momentum, or time that I donâ€™t spend on Facebook, or time that I donâ€™t spend watching that last episode of House of Cards. These are all true, but you know the trope: the mighty Mississippi starts as a stream in Minnesota.
Your personal brand starts with a little blog post. Your big business starts with some bullet points on a page. Your 40-pound weight loss begins with a 10-minute walk. We make the journeys to accomplish our dreams so complicated that we donâ€™t even want to take the first step.
I submit to you 33 valid excuses why, however, you shouldn’t take that step:
- Iâ€™m too late
- I will fail
- Iâ€™m scared
- I donâ€™t have the right network
- Iâ€™m tired
- Iâ€™ve failed in the past
- I donâ€™t have enough money
- I donâ€™t have enough time
- Everyone will laugh at me
- This is too big for little-old me
- I donâ€™t have the right skills
- The execution plan must be perfected
- We need an 18-month roadmap
- I havenâ€™t heard back on this email I sent last week
- The bank hasnâ€™t given me a loan
- Itâ€™s really tough
- I just know this will fail
- Iâ€™m too old
- I cannot present well
- I donâ€™t have the right shoes
- I donâ€™t belong to the club
- I like laying in this bed
- I am too educated
- Iâ€™m not educated enough
- My teeth look funny
- Iâ€™m too young
- My hair is too thin
- My car is too old
- Iâ€™m too tall
- Iâ€™m too short
- Iâ€™m not wired that way
- I can never get this done
- Someone told me “no”
Hereâ€™s the deal: regardless of your excuse, I promise that you can take one step.
If the bank turns down your loan, go to one more bank. Cathy Hughes got her loan after 33 attempts. THATâ€™S 32 REJECTIONS, 32 defeats, (33 attempts to persevereâ€”each one a little more difficult than the previous) before she got the loan. At any point, she could have said, “Iâ€™ve tried this before, Iâ€™m done.” On the 26th attempt, she could have stopped and considered it a valiant effort. She had all the excuses she needed, but she got up the next morning and took one step.
Great success is not a perfect plan. You know, â€œthe best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.â€ Success is one step, then another, then another. There will always be excuses to not â€œdo your thing,â€ but I give you one reason to pursue your whim: why not? Itâ€™s just one step.
Big thanks to Tanner Vines for making this rad picture available.