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Stop Letting Dumb-Ass Excuses Keep You From Your Dreams

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 | 6 Comments

All of us have brilliant ideas.  All of us have far-fetched dreams.  We’re all geniuses.  Yet few of us actually follow our great ideas and dreams.  That’s what separates those that do and those that don’t.

Why do so many great ideas die before they really begin?  For whatever reason, we don’t initiate the ideas.  Or if we do, we somehow sabotage them before they ever really take off.

There’s a ton of reasons we do this.  It may be fear- fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of success… whatever.  We may get bogged down in the logistics and minutia and lose sight of the big picture.  Maybe we surround ourselves with people the intentionally or unintentionally sabotage our efforts.

Regardless of the reason, we can’t overcome the roadblocks.  In his book Linchpin, Seth Godin briefly mentions a challenge corporate coach Deanna Vogt offered him- complete the following sentence:

“I could be more creative if only…”

This exercise is magical.


It immediately identifies the excuse you have to overcome to reach the goal.  Once identified, you can then work to overcome the excuse.  Once eliminated, you have no choice but to move forward.

Since we’ve started our travels, many people have expressed interest in doing what we do to some degree or another.  I give them all the advice I can.  Most seem REALLY interested.  Sadly, I don’t think many will follow through.  The pull of the apparent security of their present life is simply too strong.  There will always be a lineup of excuses keeping them exactly where they are now… which is NOT chasing their dreams.

I’m going to begin suggesting they use the “If only…” statements to identify their excuses.  Once identified, it becomes much easier to overcome the roadblocks.

How can this be used?

“I could quit my job and move to my dream location if only….”

“I could try barefoot running if only…”

“I could sign up for this challenging race if only…”

“I could start my own business if only…”

“I could begin my own blog if only…”

“I could eat 35 Taco Bell bean burritos if only…”

And so on.

The key- use the term to identify the excuse.  Make a plan to overcome the excuse.  Live your dream.

Give me an example of how YOU will use this exercise to to chase one of your ideas or dreams in the comments section.


I don’t usually recommend an off-topic blog post within another article, but this one is a must-read.  Christian Peterson, the Maple Grove Barefoot Guy, wrote a post about how we use science.  I had a similar article planned, but Christian summed it up better than I would have.  If you’ve ever used science to back up anything you do, including barefoot running, read this.

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    January 20, 2012

    i like this. making excuses is a sypmtom of passive aggressive disorder while using the “i” statements is being assertive…

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  3. Paleo Mike
    January 19, 2012

    Thanks for the inspiring post. My dream has been to become rich at the blackjack table. I’ve read many books on counting cards and how to succeed, but have been afraid to take the plunge from fear of losing and losing big. But no longer. I’ve decided to “go all in”, and am selling my house, taking the Vegas, and finally live my dream!

    • Jason
      January 19, 2012

      No Mike, you completely missed the point! Don’t sell your house then piss it away at the Vegas blackjack tables!

      See your house, MOVE to Vegas, become a pimp. This sets up a passive income stream which earns money with very little effort. Once you take the time to set this up, you’ll be free to spend all your time at the blackjack tables. Selling the house gives you a finite amount of cash. It’s not sustainable. Pimpin’ gives you a steady stream of cash, which can be continued indefinitely.

  4. BarefootNick
    January 18, 2012

    The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy has a great point of view I think. But I also think it’s a mistake to lump us in with the group that is marketing.

    Marketing has long ago lost any validity when it comes to truth in living and is now only a department of quantity. Sorta like calling a shoe “barefoot” 😉 If we say it enough, we sell more shoes!

    So, I’d encourage people to read. Read almost everything you come across and take it into consideration.
    I say “almost everything” as marketing material never should be considered a source of knowledge and can be completely ignored. Unless, of course, you like looking at colorful pictures of happy people doing amazing things making them AWESOME, while making you look like a loser needing to spend more money to be in AWESOME peoples club, also known as the “I was lied to but now I smile so no one will find out”.

  5. The Maple Grove Barefoot Guy
    January 18, 2012

    Thanks for the link bro. Maybe you could post about stuff sooner and scoop me (instead of the other way around) if you weren’t out living your dreams 😉