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Beware Excuses

Here’s an interesting exercise. Notice how often you set a goal or express a desire and immediately start finding reasons why it can’t happen.  

I see it all the time.  A new client walks in,  declares her desire—”I really want to make more money,”—and then comes the ”but…”

  • I have little kids
  • I’m scared
  • I never went to college
  • I don’t have time
  • I’m too old
  • I’m too young

Beware excuses!

Excuses are to earnings what donuts are to dieters—strictly forbidden or they’ll be your undoing.

If you fail to comply with this rule, it will knock you out of the game faster than any pink slip or bad economy ever will.

Excuses are cop-outs. They’re smokescreens.

They have only one purpose—to keep fear and trepidation at bay.

Saying ‘I can’t’ is just another way of saying ‘I’m afraid’.

What excuses are holding you back from the success you want? Leave me a comment below.

Comments & Feedback

  • Anonymous

    Please if you share this, make it anonymous. Shame – for some reason I have so much shame about money that I need to release. I am 61 years old and have Way more debt than I should including a student loan (and I was old enough to know better when I took it out) and live in a condo that I still owe on and it has not appreciated in the 20 years I have lived here (for real) – so I feel stuck. I feel like I can’t move until at least that’s paid off but I hate it! (of course the shame came before my current situation it’s just the current situation perpetuates what’s there already, how do I get off this merry-go-round?) So yeah, there’s work to do, On the other hand I am proud of where I am at now and have total control of my money and am paying my debt – wish I had more money to make that go quicker – not sure how.

    • Lisa

      Dear Anonymous,

      We all have a money shame story – that’s why we’re all here. Even Barbara has a money shame story (that was probably her inspiration behind writing a NY Times best selling book)!

      I think it’s great that you’re not a renter. Have friend’s who have been paying rent for 20+ years and have got absolutely nothing to show for it. At least you will have something to show for it soon. Furthermore, at least you don’t have a landlord who constantly threatens to up the rent on a modest flat and you have to deal with it because you can’t afford to move!

      Suze Orman once said you can’t live in a mutual fund and even if a property depreciates, it’s still an investment. Hang in there!!!

  • barbara huson

    Shame is a horrible experience and I’m really sorry you’re struggling with it. But I absolutely love how you ended your comments…you are proud of yourself for taking control. I urge to put your full attention on all that you’re doing so well and stop focusing on past mistakes. Just that shift can make a huge difference.

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When a devastating financial crisis rocked her world, Barbara Huson knew she had to get smart about money… and she did. Now, she wants to empower every women to take charge of their money and take charge of their lives! She’s doing just that with her best-selling books, life changing retreats and private financial coaching.

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