7 questions to ask yourself about excuses

You can come up with countless excuses for not following through with an idea.

One excuse is because you can’t do the work on your own. Another is because you don’t know exactly what to do next. There’s also: because you don’t have the right resources, or tools, or experience, or because you don’t know what will happen or whether pursuing the idea will be worth your time.

There are, however, no good excuses for an idea not to move forward, to progress. Without the minimum of a feeble attempt at bringing your ideas to life, you’re missing out on a remarkable opportunity to see what they could become.

Sure, some ideas will fail, but you don’t know the value of an idea until you try something with it.

If you often find yourself coming up with excuses for not pushing an idea forward, try addressing the excuses you’re coming up with by ask yourself these seven questions:

  1. What am I waiting for?
  2. What can I do right now, on my own, to move the idea forward?
  3. Who do I know that can help right now?
  4. Where can I go to find motivation?
  5. What’s the worst that can happen?
  6. Why am I afraid of moving forward?
  7. How can I start without investing much effort?

Write your answers down if you have to. There will be times when your answers don’t add up, when they don’t help move you forward, but that’s not a sign that an idea is bad, it simply means that it’s not the right time to move forward for you.

For everyone else: no more excuses. Get going, you might be surprised by what you end up creating once you’ve run out of excuses.