"Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them." - Washington Irving
xcuse is a killer of purpose. It will give and magnify reasons why you should not do what could bring a turnaround to your life. It stops you in your track. Kills your dreams and leaves you a miniature in the wild ocean of life. The truth is, you have got a thousand and one reasons why you should not go the extra mile. Everyone is prone to excuses but it is up to you to decide not to be entangled by it. Having studied the lives of successful people, I have discovered that each one decided to work against the tides. They have every reason not to do what eventually brought about their success but they went against popular opinions and did otherwise. Excuse is a precursor for failure. It puts a wall between you and your dreams. That is why you have to stop it. It can develop into a serial chain of problems and thus dwarf your life ambition.
There are common excuses people give why they cannot achieve a particular feat. Some think they are too young and as a result perish an idea that could turn their lives around. Even in as much as I subscribe to starting out early, being old is not an excuse why you should not achieve your lifelong dreams, there are a lot of stories in history that points to this fact. Share with me some interesting bits of people who rather would have given excuses for their failures went ahead to become great Icons:
Winston Churchill failed sixth grade. He was subsequently defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62.
Thomas Edison's teachers said he was "too stupid to learn anything." He was fired from his first two jobs for being "non-productive." As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."
Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded
R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York City became a success.
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because according to him "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas." He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.
Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him "hopeless as a composer." And, of course, you know that he wrote five of his greatest symphonies while completely deaf.
I can go on and on. Your being physically challenged should not deter you from being whom you are meant to be. You can turn that disadvantage into strength and find a means of expression for your goals. Some claim that because they are from a poor background they are already disadvantaged and as such will just stick to what life has to offer them, little wonder why they will never excel in life. Your excuses may be logical but they are not the truth. You must develop enough Will power to forge ahead. It must be deliberate. Let's see how we can deal with this monster called excuse:
Shut up the 'I cannot' Whispers: This mindset does not give you any benefit of doubt that you can achieve what you have set out to do. It closes your heart completely to any possible options available and blind your eyes to the picture of you being an achiever. Sometimes, these whispers are very subtle; they come in other variance like 'no one has ever achieved that feat in your family, or nation or even the world and what makes you think you can.' Unfortunately, many of us have given in to this blackmail of the devil.
Move to the Realm of 'I Can' - The Scriptures says 'nothing shall be impossible unto him who believes.' - Matthew 17:20. The scripture puts it clearly that nothing is impossible. All you need is to believe and set out to achieve it. Always move in the realm of 'I Can' and you will see how quickly your life will turn around. It is always a lie of the devil to make you feel you are not up to task.
Wear on the Cloak of 'I Will' - There is a thin line between the realm of 'I Can' and putting on the Cloak of 'I Will' and that is Decision. The 'I Can' realm presents to you options that are available in working out your goals while the 'I Will' is actually you choosing a particular course from the options available and working it through. When you decide, you have succeeded in putting that excuse in the 'coffin.'
Put on the Boot of 'I Am' - This is when you 'bury' your excuse. Decision is not enough. You have to be a doer. It is not only the planners that are justified but those that actually execute the plans. You have to put on the boot of 'I Am' because the ride may be tough and rough. You may come face to face with the 'red sea' and may be tempted to slide into the 'I Cannot' but don't give up. Others have gone that route before and if they haven't then congratulations, because your name will be in gold as a trail blazer.
Receive the 'I Did' Medal - This is the reward that you get at the end of the hurdles. This is the picture you have in mind when you set out into the realm of 'I Can' and you know what? You truly deserve the medal because you paid the price to get here. You pictured it and now you have featured in it. There is no limit to what you can achieve. Stretch your mind and pursue what you see. God bless you big.