Boy, did I set myself up for quite the challenge.

My task this week was to filter through a lifetime of learning and living and come up with the definitive list of the top five good excuses for people not living up to their potential.

Not to brag, but at one point in my life I would have been considered an expert in this field. In fact, I probably would have won the lifetime “lack-of-achievement” award for my consistent and innovative excuse making if, of course, the world actually awarded those who’ve never done anything other than make excuses as to why they’ve never done anything.

Based upon my extensive research and unquestionable qualifications, I present to you the list, in no particular order:

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Actually, I couldn’t find any good excuses. Not even one. Because life has taught me there are no good excuses for not becoming all you were created to become.

The most impactful excuse which shaped the younger me was subconsciously buying into the limitations I somehow created for and accepted about myself, powerfully reinforced by both experience and circumstance. The vision I had for my best self was undermined by thoughts of unworthiness which served to perpetuate the unlikelihood of the vision ever becoming my reality.

What’s the one idea or belief you’ve been willing to accept as your reason for not becoming all you’ve been created to become? What is really holding you back?

No matter where we have come from or what we have gone through, we all share one thing in common:

Each of us has been given just one life.

And what we do with this one life is up to us.

Certainly we can acknowledge any of the personal road blocks and obstacles we’ve encountered to this point in our lives. And it may be easy to “justify” how the past is preventing us from creating our better future. But, the truth remains…

Each of us has been given just one life.

And what we do with this one life is up to us.

When I began to take 100% responsibility and accountability for my life and the direction it was headed, there simply was no room for excuses, no room for disempowering thoughts, no room for anything internally or emotionally working against me. After all, I, just like you, have been given just one life, and what I do with it is up to me.

That person you know you want to become? Those dreams you’ve been given to realize? Just one thing is needed to bring them to life…

You.

No excuses.

It’s a great day to be you!

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