Ever read a success story or a bit of financial advice and said: “that’s great, but it won’t work for me”? Focusing on what doesn’t work for you won’t get you very far. To better reach your financial goals, focus less on those excuses and more on making opportunities.
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Money Crush writer Jackie Beck explains that, when people hear success stories, they usually respond one of three ways:
- “I’m working on that too! How did you do it?”
- “I did that too and here’s how…”
- “Well, that’s great for you, but I could never do that because blah blah blah.”
Beck explains that the last response can really hold you back. Not every bit of advice works for everyone’s situation. But instead of focusing on your obstacles, Beck suggests looking for opportunities.
If the reasons why you can’t fulfil your dream keep popping up like a song that’s stuck in your head, go ahead and put the reasons down on paper to get them out of your head. But then go beyond that. Instead of spending your time on ‘I could never do that because [fill in the blank]’, change the things you tell yourself. Start out by asking, “How can I find a way to do that anyway?’
If you find yourself thinking, “I can’t do that because…”, Beck suggests changing the script to say “But how can I do it?”
It’s obvious that focusing on progress rather than excuses is better for your goals. But I think it’s easy for us to revert to excuses, and Beck offers a great tip for changing that mental script.
Quit Making Excuses and Start Making Opportunity [Money Crush]