3 Most Common Excuses Used to Not Take Responsibility in Your Business

If you’ve ever found yourself feeling stressed or burned out because your  business isn’t running as smoothly as you think it should be or you haven’t  experienced success you think you deserve, chances are you’ve also used  one of these excuses to justify the situation. 

1. What you tell yourself: “I don’t know how to do it.”

What you really mean: “I am afraid to fail while figuring it out.” 

This particular excuse can be applied to lots of different business  situations. Are you thinking of offering a new product or service, but  aren’t sure where to start? Want to expand into or move to a new city,  but feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of research you’ll need to do  to move the needle? 

On first glance, these answers seem valid. It can feel scary to challenge  yourself, especially if things feel particularly comfortable for you where  you are. Think about it: if you really wanted to learn how to do  something new, you could. But you’re too afraid to fail. 

Failure is inevitable. What matters is that you learn along the way.  Once you’re no longer held back by a fear of failure, your eyes will be  opened to so many different lessons. In any business endeavor, it’s  important to fail fast and fail often so that you can identify your mistakes  and move forward. 

2. What you tell yourself: “I don’t have time for it.”

What you really mean: “It really isn’t that important to me.” 

Being busy is a myth. You make time for your priorities. You wouldn’t  say that you don’t have time to pay the bills, would you? 

If you ever find yourself “too busy” or without enough time to improve  yourself or your business, it’s simply because you don’t find it important  enough to spend your time on. 

Improvement should always be a priority. Until you dedicate time and  energy to improving yourself or your business, you’ll continue to see the  same results you’ve always seen and feel the same burnout you’ve  always felt.

3. What you tell yourself: “I don’t have the money for it.”

What you really mean: “I don’t see the VALUE of investment in myself  or my company.” 

When it comes to small businesses, people always say that you have to  spend money to make money. And while that saying does ring true,  success is about so much more than making money. Maybe for you,  success is about being an esteemed leader in your field or mentoring  younger professionals in the same industry. 

Whatever your indicator of success looks like, you have to be prepared  to invest in yourself and your business if you want to experience true,  sustained growth over time. Investing money in self or business  improvement resources might feel like a “want” instead of a “need” but  ultimately, you’re investing in your future. 

As overwhelming as it can be to run a business, you should feel empowered  to remember that you are in control of your own success. Let go of your fears,  make yourself a priority, and don’t be afraid to invest in yourself. The rest will  unfold naturally. 

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