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Do You Make Excuses or Progress?

I hear from many struggling bloggers who make excuses routinely.

Perhaps full time employee, part time bloggers feel short on time after settling in with the family every night.

I admire your busy life and have compassion for your plight but readers do not care if you seem too busy to blog. Guess what readers do? Someone potentially interested in your blog simply follows active bloggers in your niche who publish content regularly versus following your blog.

No honest person agrees with your excuse then promises to follow your blog if you publish 3 posts annually. People want help. Folks have no time for your excuses. Even if someone sympathizes with your excuses, no one waits around for excuse-makers to find their way. Life passes you by. Your dreams elude you. People choose to follow empowered leaders who refuse to make excuses.

Do you make excuses regularly? Or do you make progress? Either you excuse your failure or simply make progress by refusing to make excuses.

Objectively Analyze Your Excuses

Imagine being a full time employee who blogs part time. Life seems too busy for you to publish blog posts twice weekly. You make the common excuse of having no time to blog.

Objectively analyze this excuse from an impersonal perspective. Devote 8 hours daily to your full time job. Your commute lasts 1 hour. Toss in 8 hours for sleep. How many hours do you have remaining for blogging? 7 hours.

Being as impersonal as humanly possible allows your ego to stop making excuses. Truth arises. Life seems busy but you waste 4-5 hours daily on TV, cruising the internet and gossiping about politics or sports. Devote those 4-5 hours to blogging to make progress in your life. Give 2-3 hours to leisure time, personal development and exercise.

What about if you have kids? Life seems even busier, right? Guess what? Devoting 4-5 hours to blogging now helps you engineer a freeing life where you can work from home 3-4 years down the road as a full time blogger, being around to watch your kids grow up. Drop excuses. Make progress.

Surround Yourself with Growth-Oriented People

Befriend only growth-oriented people. Successful people never let you off the hook if you make excuses. Being compassionate inspires you to challenge every excuse someone makes; if you care less about someone you simply let them get away with excuses.

Successful, happy people make the best friends because success inspires success. Catching yourself the split second you make excuses becomes easier when surrounded by people who rarely if ever make excuses. Life only becomes genuinely difficult if you surround yourself with failure conscious people who encourage you to cower to your excuses.

Progress Follows

The split second you stop regularly making excuses you do the things leading to slow and steady progress. Nobody or no thing holds you back. Making time for following your dreams begins feeling natural to you. Excuse makers disappear from your life.

My blogging growth accelerated by me refusing to make excuses and surrounding myself only with happy, successful, empowered people. I released excuses and any people who complained from a victim mentality. Naturally, I did as successful people do and experienced greater progress.

Stop making excuses. Make progress.

Ryan Biddulph

Ryan Biddulph inspires you with courses, 100 plus eBooks, audio books and his blog at Blogging From Paradise.