What is the one thing all successful people have in common? As easy as it would be to say ‘genes’, that’s not it. The one thing highly successful people have in common is the willingness to push themselves beyond their daily limits, and even beyond their comfort zone if that’s what it takes. They accomplish this by eliminating excuses.

How many times have you said, “I don’t have time for… I don’t have time because I have to…When I have time, I will…I don’t have time because I don’t have time.”  You know these kinds of excuses, don’t you? I have heard them many times, but not because I work with a great number of people, but because I once used them myself. Honestly, even now, from time to time they sneak into my mind. Now, however, I have enough power to bite my tongue whenever I am about to say something like that.

I agree with you that you are very busy – you have family, company, friends and picnics, and I know that there are only 24 hours in a day. However, I do not agree with anybody, not even with myself, when I hear the excuse, “I don’t have time.” What happens when we say to ourselves, “ I don’t have time?”

At that moment we give our brain a clear order not to bother to do the task because there is no time anyhow. With words, we affect our actions strongly. Do you think that somebody who earns 10 times more also has 10 times more time in a day? Of course not, but that person is capable of organizing, specifying clear goals, setting up priorities and focusing on the results to be achieved.

Humans have powerful instincts one of which is to avoid pain. The other instinct is to move toward pleasure. Unfortunately, neither of these instincts prompts us to delay gratification. Instead, many of us come up with the excuse I don’t have time, but yet find the time for self-gratification via external sources. Think about the amount of time you spend watching television, writing text messages, sending emails and fiddling with mobile devices, not to mention the amount of time you spent learning to use all these pleasurable distractions.

Millions of people waste their precious time every day by misspending the time have. Instead of delaying their own gratification and pushing themselves beyond their normal limits, they rely on the ‘I don’t have the time’ excuse to avoid productivity in the workplace as well as at home. We all have the same 24-hours in a day. If people used as much energy being productive in achieving their goals as they spend on inane media and mobile devices, it’s very possible you’d suddenly find yourself with an over abundance of time.

 

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Article References:
Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
http://blogs.hbr.org/2012/07/how-hard-are-you-willing-to-pu/

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