Guest Post: Top 8 Excuses For Not Making The Leap
One of the benefits of working from home and homeschooling is my son gets to have a front row seat to the work I do when we’re not doing school. He sees me writing a lot every day and he often hears me talk about the contents of my writing. One day, he presented me with a journal and said he outlined a blog post for me and he’d like me to publish it for him. How could I say, “NO?”
Today, we have a guest blogger. Caleb is twelve years old. He attends school at home and loves all things coding and development and is a gamer in every way, board and computer. He aspires to be a developer like his Dad and a competitive swimmer. Let’s welcome Caleb!
(Note: The majority of this blog post is exactly as written by Caleb, awkwardness and all. Commentary in italics are provided by me, Sarah.)
In life, you must make many leaps to move on. However, we often feel like we cannot make the leap and replace it with an excuse.
I would like to tell you the eight most common excuses for not making the leap, where they come from, and how to stop telling yourself them.
#1: I’m Not Ready
This excuse comes from feeling a lack of skill.
Oftentimes, this is just an illusion that you can push through.
To stop feeling like you don’t have enough experience, don’t be ashamed to practice or research your skills. Doing so does not mean you’re stupid or inexperienced.
It took me till my adult life to accept that most of my dreams and aspirations are merely a learnable set of sills away. Time to get to work learning.
#2: It’s Impossible
First, nothing is impossible.
This excuse is never true. It comes from one of two scenarios: The chances of success are slim or this leap is a new discovery.
Knowing Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”) and asking more seasoned individuals for help will definitely help you push through.
#3: It Could Be Painful
One of the most common reasons why people don’t even try is fear of failure.
This excuse is “I fear failure in the future” in disguise.
The best way to push through is to be optimistic when faced with this excuse.
Remember, It’s not failure. It’s feedback. Caleb hears his parents say this little phrase quite often in our household.
#4: There’s Too Much ‘X.’
Common words here are competition, work, challenge, the skill involved to handle and to do. Each one coming with their own unique origins.
When you catch yourself telling yourself this try to analyze what there is less of.
For example, there may be a lot of work but not that much skill involved, and vice versa.Are You Ready To Make The Leap? Click To Tweet
#5: I Can’t See What’s Going To Happen
This one is similar to #3 in the fact that it comes from fear of failure.
The difference is that #3 is a prediction. This is not.
This one stands out because this excuse might actually be true at times.
If this gets you down, imagine the benefits of the leap.
How will your life improve by making this leap?
#6: I Can See Exactly What’s Going To Happen
This is a prediction.
Often, the origin of this one is when you consider releasing something to the public, and then you tell yourself that they’ll hate you for it.
Just know, you don’t know the future. Only God does.
And you won’t ever know unless you try. And if you do fail, well, it IS just feedback. 🙂
#7: I’m Comfortable Right Here
This one arises out of just plainly not wanting to make the leap.
People will take their current life and say that it’s “OK,” even though that might not be true.
Aspire for the future to stop this excuse.
Anything worth doing is going to be uncomfortable at times. Embrace the discomfort. Lean into it. Tap into your WHY and leap with purpose.
#8: Conditions Aren’t Ideal
This excuse comes from not feeling like enough is going your way.
But, not everything has to be ideal for you to make a leap.
Try changing the conditions of the leap and see if that helps.
Climax: What Are You Waiting For?
When people finally decide to make the leap, they tend to ask, “What was I waiting for?”
They were simply waiting for…nothing, simply nothing. They would’ve done it weeks ago but instead decided to lie to themselves.
When you get a leap, just take it if it’s a leap worth taking.
Are you ready to make the leap?