Five Excuses You Make That Are Holding You Back from Real Success

No matter how you define success, you likely have a few key factors contributing to your current level of success. It’s quite easy to type your goal into Google and get a variety of “how to” and “steps to success” articles that will give you an endless number of tools to help you achieve your goals and reach the level of success you’ve been dreaming about. But what if there’s more to it than that? What if all those steps and instructions are only enough to get you there once you’ve gotten yourself out of the way? It may seem crazy, but people are flawed. We hold ourselves back without even realizing it, and we justify our fear and our poor decisions because we want to feel like it’s not our fault if we happen to fail.


However, if you want to achieve real success, you need to get rid of the excuses and start taking responsibility for your current level of success. Sure, outside factors do contribute to how much success you may be having in certain areas, but it’s likely that some of the excuses you’re making (possibly without even realizing it) are contributing to your hesitation, doubt, and lack of success.

So right now, make a decision to stop making these excuses, and explore your life and your mind to see what else might be holding you back from real success.

There Isn’t Enough Money

Here’s a little secret for you: there will never be enough money. No matter how little or how much you make, there will always be things that you want to do but are limited on due to lack of funds. This is a horrible excuse, and the sooner you stop using it, the better off you’ll be.

It’s safe to say that just about every entrepreneur, business leader, and otherwise successful person has faced the challenge of not having enough money at some point. But the ones that don’t let it stop them are the ones that have real success. They cut expenses, start saving more aggressively, trade their own services to get what they need, or take out a loan. Essentially, they don’t let it become an excuse and they do whatever it takes to figure out a work around.

I Don’t Have Enough Time

This is quite possibly the most common excuse for people trying to justify a lack of success. The truth is that you probably do have enough time, but you’re choosing not to make the time. If you really want to see if you have the time, try recording what you do every minute over the course of several days. I bet you’ll be surprised with how much free time you actually have (or could have) if you prioritized a little better.

I Don’t Know What I’m Doing

Here’s another tidbit of truth for you: every single person, at some point in life, didn’t know what they were doing. Everyone is a beginner at some point, but how you tackle new challenges and overcome uncertainty is key to your success. The internet is a wealth of information, and with it you can learn practically anything you want. If the internet isn’t enough, check out free local classes, go to the library, or hire someone to teach you what you need to know.

No One Else Thinks I Can Do It

You will almost always be met with some sort of resistance — from family, friends, coworkers, and strangers alike. Ignore them. Push the naysayers out of your head and focus on YOUR skills, YOUR goals, and YOUR success. You are the one who is ultimately responsible for whether you fail or succeed, so stop listening to those who think you’re nuts. Also remember that a lot of the best ideas were met with a ton of resistance when they were first introduced — the TV, the internet, the personal computer. Take others’ doubt as a challenge, and then do whatever it takes to succeed.

The Circumstances Aren’t Right

No matter what your goals are and what your idea of success is, you likely want the circumstances to be ideal before you embark. But let’s face it: the circumstances are almost never ideal. They’re very rarely even kind of ideal. So instead of waiting for the absolutely perfect moment (which will never come, by the way), make the most of your current position and opportunity, and do whatever it takes to make yourself successful.