Our good friend Shannon, over at Financially Blonde, wrote a post a month or so ago about choices. Shannon was dealing specifically with the correlation between choices related to physical health and fiscal health. That got me thinking about excuses and how it relates to us in the making more money department.
We all make excuses, some more than others. I know that I have been guilty of them in the past. I’ve said if I only had more time, or I would really like to try XYZ but have no idea how to do it or where to start. Those, my friends, are good old fashioned excuses. One of the big problems with excuses is that they hold you back, especially if you believe them to be true. With that in mind, I believe a life that is full of making excuses, on many levels, is one that is going to struggle at growing wealth.
Making More Money Requires Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
I believe one of the main culprits behind making excuses is that we’re comfortable. At least that’s what I’ve found to be true of me. When you’re comfortable you’re less likely to step out and take risks and thus less likely to find opportunity. The catch is, that opportunity is where you’re more likely to find those situations where you can make more money.
I don’t want to speak for Grayson, but I know that when I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone I’ve had considerably more success. It by no means guarantees it, but it definitely increases your chances at finding success. Choosing to step out of your comfort zone can be easier said than done at times, but you’d be surprised at how much taking that first step will help you. If you think otherwise, check out these common excuses we’ve all either used or heard before:
- I don’t have the time
- I’d love to do that, but I have no idea how
- I’m afraid I’ll fail
- I’m afraid of the competition
- Now’s not the right time
Other than the last common excuse which could hold water at times, these are all basically veiled attempts at saying you’re too afraid to step out of your comfort zone or to try something new. I know it hurts to hear that, but it’s true. The point is that if making more money is important to you then you’ll find a way to work at it. Whether that being scheduling better and wasting less time or researching your competition so you can see what worked for them and maybe what didn’t.
The Time to Start is Now
As my wife will tell you, I hate wasting time. Very few things get me more worked up than wasting time. By making excuses, you’re not only holding yourself back from making more money but you’re also wasting precious time. Last I checked it usually takes time to make money so the time to start is now.
I know full well that can be a scary proposition, but trust me, starting now is only going to help you in the long run. That can be true of starting to invest in the stock market to learning more about affiliate income for your blog to monetizing a skill for your side hustle.
We all know that it can be a bit on the tenuous side when we step out and try something new or work at different ways to make money. Speaking from personal experience, the sooner you stop making excuses the better you’ll feel and the more success you’ll generally see.
What is one of your “go-to” excuses when it comes to trying something new? Have you ever had times where you wonder why you even made a certain excuse?
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