dear excuses, PREPARE TO DIE (3) By Dr. Michael Brooks
Continuing from last weeks article. Another issue that I had to face was “what I didn’t know” about operating a fitness center. I kept thinking “what if I fail, I would be horrified and what would the community, my friends and family, think of me? Just the thought of this fitness center was taking me way out of my comfort zone; I like to know what’s in front of me. I have to be honest I was scared of the what if’s and not focused on the “I can do this.” The only way to overcome this is to do your research and plan well ahead.
What if it doesn’t work out, I asked myself? I already had pre-planned excuses just in case my plans failed. I was vacillating on success and my failure. You can’t go into trying something new and expect to succeed with that kind of mindset. Use the skills you already know and use them to live your dream and make it happen. No more excuses! If your plan doesn’t work, that’s OK. You will learn from your experience and become more confident in your next steps. Failure isn’t always bad for you. It creates a foundation for your next steps.
When I was in the planning stages of my Fitness Center, I wondered if my plans would work out. I faced the reality of failure in my own eyes, but that also hindered positive thinking. Some days I would dwell on failure and other days would think about my potential business success. It was all so confusing. I lost a lot of sleep during the planning stages. Many times I argued with myself about how this fitness center would fail. I made every excuse why it would. Honestly, I didn’t believe it was going to work out. So, I made excuses for why it would fail.
My thought was this; this is how I am, I’m not going to change whatsoever. I had to get past that kind thinking in order to move forward with my plans. The way I look at things is to stop making excuses and make a plan for your success.
I beat myself up over this fitness center business that I wanted to have. It didn’t work out the first time, but three years later, I ended up being a part owner of a fitness center that was very successful. My hard work did pay off down the road. I stopped making excuses and rolled up my sleeves and used the wealth of head knowledge I acquired during my initial phase to build a booming fitness center…
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