Because living your dreams is not only achieved by doing things that bring you closer to them, it is also achieved by NOT doing things that take you away from them.
Take these 7 phrases out of your vocabulary:
1. “I have no money”
If you realize this excuse you can use it if you have a euro or a million. He who has a euro wants millions to get everything he wants, and he who has millions needs trillions.
The people who get over this excuse are the ones who succeed. And it’s because he finds a way to avoid it. They save, cut expenses, make a loan, apply for a grant… Successful people don’t let lack of resources get them out of their way for long.
2. “I don’t have time”
All the successful people in the world – Steve Jobs, Susan Wojcicki, Maya Angelou – have the same 24 hours in a day as you. Take a close look at how you spend your time, and you will see how your priorities lie.
There are many commitments in life that are not negotiable and from which you cannot run. Allowing yourself to fall into the trap that you don’t have time to do what you want only shows that you really don’t want to do it.
3. “I’ve never done this before”
There are many things you have been successful at that you have never done before. You had never driven before, you had never driven a car before getting behind the wheel the first time, you had never had a job before the first. Every journey begins with a first step, but it must be taken.
4. “I don’t know how to do it”
And what are you waiting to learn? On the internet you can find instructions, tutorials and even books and courses on how to do just about anything. If you still can’t find what you need, buy yourself a book.
Not yet? Hire a coach, attend courses, attend seminars. You can get very good training without the compulsory need to get a university degree. Get rid of the idea that a degree separates you from your dreams because it is almost never true.
5. “Conditions are not right”
Waiting for things to be perfect is perhaps the worst possible excuse. Things will never be perfect. No one is going to come to you with a stopwatch and tell you: “If you start now you will be successful.”
Many things started at the wrong time or before the world was ready for it. Waiting for “the perfect moment” is like the fisherman who sits waiting for the fish to come but without putting any hooks in the water. Complete nonsense.
6. “X person says I can’t / shouldn’t / I’m not good enough to do it”
Nothing spectacular, innovative and revolutionary came out of a group agreement. In fact, many of the more revolutionary ideas were met with much hostility and skepticism.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. People who weren’t able to fight for their dreams will tell you that neither can you. But none of that matters. Only one person needs to believe in what you are doing, and that person is you.
7. “I have nothing new to contribute”
Some of the most successful companies today did not invent anything new. Which came first on Pinterest or Instagram? MySpace was born before Facebook.
The truth is, you don’t have to do anything really new to be successful. Take something that already exists and improve it, change it, put it inside out and give it your personal touch.
There are millions of books out there, but they are all different. There are thousands of comics, but they all tell their own story. It is not about how new your idea is, but about how it will differ from those that already exist.