Here's a question that I want you to honestly ask yourself. Are you taking steps in achieving your purpose?
We can quickly get stuck in a rut you know? The routine of life. Get up early. Work or School. Drive home. Clean. Cook dinner. Take care of loved ones. Maybe watch some TV or do some other form of entertainment. Go to bed. And the cycle begins all over again.
But life isn't JUST about working to make money to pay bills so that we have what we need to live to go to work again. We all have a purpose in life with talents that will help us positively contribute to others. What goes wrong is how we allow our excuses to stop our progression.
Now I'll raise my hand to admit that I can come up with excuses for DAYS of why I haven't met some of my goals. Some, in my opinion, are good excuses too. However at the end of the day, they're still excuses. They're just reasons that we say to help us feel more comfortable of why we haven't accomplished what we have wanted to achieve yet. I mean, I don't want to be hard on myself (or anyone else ), but we're the ones that give those excuses the power to dictate our lives of what we will achieve.
So how can I have the audacity to say it's our own fault? Surely the excuses we are using are legitimate so we shouldn't assume responsibility. But have you not heard the many stories of people who have overcome various circumstances to reach their goals?
Some without a limb or one of their senses. Some on a limited income or with little to no support from anyone. It makes you reflect thinking wow...is my excuse really THAT big at all?
Of course, don't get me wrong. I'm not urging you to overwhelm yourself beyond the threshold of what you can handle.
Yes, you should push yourself.
Yes, test the limits.
Yes, do all that you can to reach your dreams.
But when you realize that doing more can cause harm to you or others, then it’s time to use good wisdom and judgement about those goals. Take the moment to consider how you will continue on IF it is logical for you to even continue at the moment. Perhaps you will need to make the necessary adjustments to ensure that you can adequately reach your goals without no harm done. Sometimes you may just have to make smaller steps which are better than no steps at all.
So what's the bottom line?
Don't give your excuses more power than what they deserve. Is there any way at all around that excuse so that you can still reach for your goals even if it's just baby steps? Let me warn you to not get so caught up in making leaps towards your goals. It's okay to start small. Small beginnings are ok. It's ok to be patient with yourself too especially if there's a huge learning curve involved. But it's not okay to continue letting yourself answer that person in the mirror saying no to the question, "Are you taking steps in achieving your purpose?"