About 10 years ago I was privileged to work at an event by Wayne Dyer called Excuses Begone.
It was a fun and enlightening weekend. As a master speaker and teacher he worked with individuals on many topics who felt they were unable to achieve or do or be something they dreamed of.
One person had a persistent weight issue, one person had a unfulfilling relationship they felt stuck in, one person felt they could never get the career they wanted and on and on.
With each one he calmly and kindly helped them see what all their excuses were, repeatedly telling themselves the reasons they could not have or be or do whatever it was they desired.
They each had big AH-HA moments that gave the clarity and courage.
As he gently broke down their excuses, those of us watching and learning for ourselves were nodding our heads and seeing the similar behaviors in our own lives. It became clear to me that we ALL create excuses to hold us in fear or limit our lives so that if we 'fail' we will not be accountable.
Do you know how many times Wayne Dyer was turned down or 'failed' before he got his break? He lost count.
I use this in my life nearly every day when I find myself blaming someone or some situation for my reasons to not jump out and be brave. Sometimes I let the excuses win and then I try again but eventually I jump and honestly I have never regretted it.
There were plenty of others who tried to point out why I should be embarrassed or have regrets but by then I was able to look at them and realize my courage made them uneasy because they were still stuck in their own excuses.
What is your excuse? Will you be happy you chose the excuse when you are on your deathbed - or will you regret not taking the chance?
Food for thought.