UnSuccessful Language – The Language of Excuses!
UnSuccessful Language is really the language of excuses and something you will very rarely hear from successful people. Successful people guard what they talk about and how they talked to themselves.
I heard someone once say that excuses are well planned lies to ourselves and others. The more excuses you make the further you will move from being a successful person.
It’s true that we all make excuses from time to time, it’s when those excuses become the norm that it will change your life drastically.
Unsuccessful people all have one thing in common they know how to make and create great excuses! People that are or have been successful don’t and didn’t make excuses.
I want to give you an example of one person that certainly could have made excuses and chose not to.
Abraham Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is another example of how putting your passion to work and turning it into persistence will always pay off.
Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House:
- 1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
- 1818: His mother died.
- 1831: Failed in business.
- 1832: Ran for state legislature – lost.
- 1832: Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
- 1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
- 1834: Ran for state legislature again – won.
- 1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
- 1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
- 1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
- 1840: Sought to become elector – defeated.
- 1843: Ran for Congress – lost.
- 1846: Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
- 1848: Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
- 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
- 1854: Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
- 1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes.
- 1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
- 1860: Elected president of the United States.
He certainly had every reason to make excuses, but he chose not to.
“You can Make Excuses or You Can Make Progress, You CAN’T Make BOTH!”
You have a choice in life to be successful or unsuccessful. We all need to stop making excuses and start asking ourselves “How Can I do Something.”
Start asking yourself the right questions and you will change from making excuses and being unsuccessful to making progress and becoming successful.
Remember the old saying that “Luck is when Preparation meets Opportunity.” You will never be prepared if you are always making excuses.
I hope this has given you some insight to the Language of the Unsuccessful and how to start combating those excuses in your life and become the success you truly deserve.
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