The Hidden Danger of Making Excuses

The worst part of making excuses isn’t the missed opportunities. It isn’t the guilt you might feel afterwards for lying to yourself. It’s not the money they will cost you, the relationships they will end, or the broken dreams. The worst part of making excuses, the hidden danger, is that you eventually start to believe them.

Danger of making excuses

The longer you make excuses, the more you actually start to believe them. The longer you tell any lie, the most likely it is that someday you will no longer tell it as a lie, but as the truth.

You no longer cringe when you realize that what you are saying is false. The conviction you once felt disappears. The lie becomes the truth. The excuse becomes reality.

This 1 Thing Will Silence Your Critics Forever

Who are your biggest critics?

Think about that question right now. Who are the people in your life that are most critical of your dreams?

Do you want to know how to deal with them?

How to Silence Your Critics
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Before we go any further, let me be clear on the definition of “critic.”

A critic is not someone who brings up legitimate concerns or occasionally points out flaws in your logic. A critic is not someone who tells a 300-pound man who hasn’t exercised since the Clinton administration that he should lose some weight and get on a training plan before running a marathon. There is a big difference between a realistic friend and a critic.

Change Yourself then…Change the World | Mission of Personal Growth

You’ve grown. You’ve matured. You’ve spent the time, put in the sweat and blood, and now you’re where you want to be in life.

Is it time to start re-engaging with old friends and family that you disconnected from to focus on yourself?

The short answer is…maybe.

Yesterday I wrote about how growing personally often means tough decisions. In order to grow, you often must separate yourself from others. You have to remove yourself from negative people, bad influences, and doubters.

That’s the first step towards influence and impact…working on yourself.

Personal Growth Means Tough Decisions | Choosing Friends Wisely

When you choose to grow, what becomes of the relationships of the “old you?”

If I know one thing about you, it’s that you are growing. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this. And when you choose personal growth, it will mean making tough decisions like:

Who do I hang out with?

Who do I talk to at the water cooler?

What do I talk about at the family reunion?

And the process can be very painful at times. But you will get through it. Let me tell you how.

Tough Decision

I received an email from a friend recently that sparked this post. In fact, it initially sparked my own internal debate that raged inside of me.

The Weeds of This World | Mass Media and Positive Thinking

I recently developed an awful habit.

I started reading the news again. It’s an awful habit indeed.

News Headlines

Before the habit

Let me take you back to four years ago. I had just shunned smartphones after spending two years in which my iPhone slowly became a permanent part of my body. For the previous two years, I filled every five-minute wait for a haircut, every moment in line at the grocery store, and yes, every bathroom break either checking email or reading the news.

The Enemy of Greatness (Or…Jesus is a Headbanger)

What is keeping you from greatness?

This post is about more than a song.

This is a post about doing something rather than nothing.

Before we go any further, listen to this:

Listen to very beginning again.

The lead singer of Flyleaf at the time, Lacey Mosley, says:

I want to tell that you’re beautiful and that we love you and that no matter who you are or what you are or what you believe or what you do or what you’ve done that God loves you too.

How many people in that audience are hearing that for the first time?

How many young girls had never been told they are beautiful? How many young men are constantly reminded of their mistakes, of their worthlessness, of hell?