I had a blog post all ready for Saturday, but became inspired last minute to share these three excuses to stop making! I know these excuses can be reasoned by anyone, but I’m here to give you a new perspective. Especially as women, we are constantly being put down by our society. Maybe it’s a co-worker, sibling, parent, mentor or a person on TV, putting you down. No matter who it is, we must not believe or make these three excuses that stop us from reaching our highest potential.
“I’m too young.”
When will you be old enough? When you’re 25, 30, 50? But, why not start now?
I’ve made this excuse before. I thought people wouldn’t take my blog (or message) serious until I was older. I thought, “Why would anyone take life advice from a 22-year-old?”. Indeed many won’t, but many will.
If I didn’t begin my blog, I wouldn’t have connected with as many women as I have. Or I wouldn’t have learned about online marketing and blogging techniques. My blog is new and I have made mistakes, but if I never started, I wouldn’t have seen what I’m capable of.
So if you’re afraid of starting a certain project because of your age….go for it anyway! The younger you start, the more time you have to learn and grow.
I know many also use this excuse when applying to jobs, even when they are qualified. If you’re 20, trying to work at a bar – legally that can’t be done.
Other than that, why not strive to get that manager or supervisor position? Or work at a place even though you’d be the youngest?
Think about it. If you’re hiring someone – wouldn’t you want that 20-year-old who is passionate and has skills than a 30-year-old who’s just looking for any position out there?
There are people and companies who will take a chance on you. I was the youngest marketing intern at Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia), and probably the youngest in that entire building.
However, I was given a chance because of my eagerness and capabilities to strive there.
“I’m too busy.”
If a loved one was in the hospital, would you say you’re too busy to see them? Most likely not. This is a dramatic situation, but I’m trying to make the point that no one is too busy.
It’s all about prioritizing.
I’ve caught myself making this excuse about exercising. I use to blame work for not being able to run during the week. However, I now know I wasn’t making running a priority.
So I now wake up early, sometimes 6 am, to run before I have to work! I’ve also made this excuse with self-care, saying I was “too busy” to relax. It wasn’t until I burned out from overworking myself, that I made the time to meditate, sing, sleep, etc.
You don’t have to commit hours into doing something, taking a 30-minute break or running for 15 minutes does wonders!
“I don’t know enough.”
When looking for jobs, it’s definitely easy to say “I don’t know enough”, when there are requirements and qualifications on the application form. If you don’t think you know enough to apply, then learn what you don’t know!
Learn by reading or experiencing to become a more valuable candidate. Progress is key. Don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself, but take some action.
If you need to learn a certain subject, go find the resources. There are many free online guides and communities (Facebook groups, online forums, etc.) that can help you.
There are also tons of free webinars out there, that I’ve actually found to be most helpful. I’ve found webinars just by searching on Google (ex. “Online marketing for beginners webinar”) and through newsletters from experts in my field. So resources are out there! It’s just about taking the time to learn 😉.
I also want to say – that you do know a lot already! Ask people around you, what skills you’ve impressed them with. I use to think I didn’t know enough about pitching my ideas to events and other bloggers.
My dad reminded me I have gotten the job or made an idea come to life by pitching myself and my skills before. I’m sure others have corrected your own beliefs about how much you know. Ask yourself: What compliments have I received? Or who was impressed by something I did?
Which excuses do you want to stop making? Share below!
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