Agon Management Group in McLean VA trains some of the most talented, hardworking, goal-oriented individuals in the Metro D.C. area through our management training program. This blog post discusses one of the most important lessons we strive to impart to all of our staff.
“You can have results or excuses. Not both.”
“Excuses will always be there for you. Opportunity won’t.”
“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
Can you sense a trend we’re creating with these opening quotes?! If you gathered that this blog was going to be focused on how to create a “no excuses” mentality for yourself, you’re right!! After being inspired by Brian Tracy’s The Power of Self Discipline: NO EXCUSES, Agon Management Group’s CEO, Tarek Beidas, was inspired to share with us 3 ways to help you be more proactive in your career.
1. Find the root of the issue.
We make excuses for a reason. Whether we don’t want to invest the time, we’re afraid of failure or it seems to hard to get started, whatever your reasoning is, it’s important to understand the psychology of procrastination. Take a moment to sit down and think about why you keep pushing off a certain task or objective. Once you’ve narrowed it down, say it out loud! Here’s an example: “I’m afraid to work out because of how out of shape I really am.” When you say it aloud and realize how trivial it really sounds, it can help you realize that an excuse it just your mind’s way of testing your will power. All athletes and successful entrepreneurs have had doubts before, but they realized the cause of their excuses and worked daily until they were no more.
Lesson: Your willpower and mental strength is there! You just need to find what’s getting in the way of you getting started!
2. Have an accountability partner.
Making excuses is easy. Having someone who calls you out for not staying true to your word is hard to find. Invest in finding someone that can truly help hold you accountable! Whether this is a mentor, best friend, a significant other, spouse or business partner, it’s so helpful to have someone to hold you accountable to goals or commitments you made but are wavering on. If you find yourself making excuses about going to the gym, find a friend who’s really into fitness and has a solid gym routine. If you need help in business, find someone who’s more successful than you to offer coaching and guidance!
Lesson: It’s easier to make excuses on your own than it is with someone in your corner holding you to what you say!
3. Healthy body, healthy mind!
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but how much more productive do you feel when you’ve had a good nights sleep, a solid breakfast, and healthy meals during the day? Maybe it’s just us, but when we have a clear mind and a nourished body, we feel at Agon Management Group that we can take on the world. On the contrary, on days when we don’t get nearly enough shut-eye and a diet composed of Twinkies and cheese puffs, we find ourselves more prone to making excuses as our mind is literally starved for nourishment, sleep, etc.
Lesson: If you take care of the internal, the external will follow suit. It is easier to follow through on your commitments and make fewer excuses when you take care of yourself first.
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