Removing Self-Sabotaging Excuses to Reach Success

So often I see women struggling with the classic excuses of “I’m not good enough. No one knows who I am. I don’t have enough money to start. How will I even be as successful as so-and-so?” The reality of this situation is that these are just EXCUSES! If we look deeper, these are just fears disguised as self-limiting statements preventing you from reaching success.

Self-belief is critical when it comes to making that mind shift from excuse to success. A deep belief in yourself and your abilities will allow you to look at advice in a different light. Instead of looking at advice and turning it into an excuse, you will be able to open your mind and adapt it towards applying to your own situation.

So how can you make this mind shift? Here are 3 key steps to guide you through the transformation.

How To Remove These Excuses


1. Nearly Everyone Starts with Nothing

Every founder who has achieved some measure of success has had to undergo extraordinary obstacles to get to where they are now. With the exception of a select view, most entrepreneurs start with few connections, no funding, no real competitive advantage, a little to no help at all. They merely put to use their own intelligence, a burning desire to follow their passion, and a whole lot of hustle to get things done! By realizing that you are not alone in “starting with nothing”, this will allow you to discredit your self-sabotaging excuses, and move into action towards success.

2. We All Think This Way at Some Point

There’s no doubt that we all look at others and compare. We just can’t resist the comparison, and before you know it you’ve allowed it to discourage us into backing down from the challenge.

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We often look at what others have, and think, “That’s great for them, but I could never do that,” and then we come up with a great coverup excuse. When we realize that even the most successful entrepreneurs go through this process, we can refocus our actions towards overcoming the negativity.

3. Shift your focus from Comparison to Learning

Although we shouldn’t compare our beginning to someone else’s middle, there is tremendous value in looking someone else’s journey with a mindset of learning. This attitude shift will transform you into using what you’ve learned from others and applying that to your own business to achieve the same success. Treat those excuses as challenges to be tackled instead of reasons why you will fail.

I hope that you found these 3 steps helpful, and that you will take the challenge this week to remove those self-limiting excuses and start on walking in the direction of your success.

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  • Comments

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    Latrisha Jacobs

    I love the idea of shifting your thoughts on comparison to learning. I think that this is something that holds so many women back from ever even reaching their potential. I’m so glad that you shared this. I know that when I first got started, I used to compare myself to everyone that I followed. But, when I started realizing that of course they would be further ahead, they’ve been doing it longer, everything changed.

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    Carli van Heerden

    Thanks Latrisha! I definitely think that is a critical mindset shift to make, especially as a new blogger or business owner starting out. It has really helped me to remove self-limiting beliefs and instead focus on what is truly possible! We all should find some amazing role models to motivate us to be the best version of ourselves. xx

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