One thing about excuses is that you’ll always have them. You didn’t attend the best schools because your parents couldn’t afford them. You didn’t make the best grades out of school because you had to fend for yourself while in school. You couldn’t move with the best students because they had too much ego. You couldn’t get the best jobs because you didn’t have a first class. You didn’t marry quick enough because you had to make money first or the right man just delayed. Your business is not doing fine because the economy is bad or you could not access that loan or your customers won’t pay…..so many excuses to explain away all our challenges. The problem is we hardly see ourselves as the main actors of our circumstances. Excuses can kill.
One major difference between achievers and mediocres is the number of excises they reason for themselves. Achievers decide to damn theses excuses however tenable and yet go ahead tenaciously against all odds. Mediocres rock themselves in a lullaby of excuses, reasoning and rationalizing the reasons for their ineptitude.
EXCUSES WILL MAKE YOU SEE YOUR DESTINY BUT KEEP YOU AWAY FROM IT
When the thought of SOF came to me, it sounded ridiculous. So many excusing questions almost forced me to stop. Do you seriously think it will be taken serious. Majority of school owners are not youths and don’t quite spend so much time on social media as young people do. What do you have to say that will now change that narrative? Besides…why would you decide to give so much content free of charge. Seeing it is not an easy task. Really, it has taken so much self discipline to do this consistently? People are sometimes wary of free things. Will they not think you’re a scammer?….. Excuses
Fast forward now 3 months later, and we now have the largest learning gathering of school owners in Nigeria. The last outdoor session was a huge testimony. Yesterday I visited some of the attendee schools of the outdoor session and for the first time, I saw physically for myself, all our WhatsApp lectures and daily nuggets live on their phones. As I spoke, they completed my statement with quotes, slogans and statement I’ve released over time. All that would have been impossible if I allowed the excuses stop me. Another school owner called yesterday during the lectures and spoke for about 10 minutes pouring in testimonies. After applying the principles learnt at the last outdoor session…in just a very short time.
EXCUSES WILL MAKE YOU DREAM, BUT GET YOU STRONG REASONS NOT TO DRIVE THEM TO REALITY
Excuses begin to pile with small things and times, if you allow it, it becomes your habit. Don’t give an excuse for waking up 5 minutes later than you ought to. Change it immediately. Be disciplined in time because a waste of time is a waste of life. Self discipline is the key to success, but the lack of self discipline is the major cause of failure, frustration, under – achievement, and unhappiness in life. If you postpone till tomorrow, what should be done tomorrow and give excuses for that all the time. You simply reduce the power you have to go all the way.
Albert Hubbard, one of the most prolific writers in America History said at the beginning of the twentieth century that:
“Self Discipline is the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”
Brian Tracy adds that “self discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic that opens the doors for you and makes everything else possible. With self discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intellects can take him. But without self discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education, and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity“.
So, cut all the excuses. Rise up and discipline self even more. It’s not going to be easy, but do what should do when it should be done whether you feel like it or you don’t. May God help you. Do have a nice day.
Convener – SOF, NSIG, SOFCOOP