Creative Leadership

Is It Time to Leave Your Big Excuse Behind?

We all have one. “I don’t have enough funding.” Or “I’m not good enough.” Or “My spouse doesn’t support me.” Or “I don’t have enough time.” There are millions of excuses that keep us from accomplishing that one big thing we’re destined to do with our lives. My excuse is that I didn’t get good advice early in my career. Heck – my dad was fantastic, but he was a pastor in the South who knew absolutely nothing about media, entertainment, writing, or creativity. And I didn’t know anyone who did.

So what? It’s time to move on. I can’t keep using that excuse forever.

What’s yours?  What’s the excuse you use at parties, or with friends, or with your spouse to cover for the fact that you haven’t fulfilled your dream? Whatever it is, I can tell you they’re tired of hearing about it.

Sure you might be late getting started, have less expertise than others, don’t have any money, not live in Hollywood, experienced a tragedy, or need a day job. But whatever your excuse is, throughout history, there are people who have overcome many more challenges, obstacles, and adversities.

Tell you what: I’ll dump my excuse if you’ll dump yours.  And maybe together, in spite of our shortcomings, we might just be able to accomplish something wonderful.

Now – I told you mine so let’s go around the room and get it out. What’s your excuse?


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  1. My excuse is two-fold: my age (61) and finances. The thing is Phil: I am totally content being the pastor of this church-a church in a small community trying to make a difference. I am in my 9th year and have enjoyed myself more than any other ministry. What do I do with that? 🙂

  2. For me, it’s all the other things I think I should be doing. Being resourceful and a problem solver, I get asked to do a lot. I’m finally figuring out how to turn down a lot of good things in order to say “yes” to my One Big Thing. It’s hard. Saying “no” to stuff has made me have to face a lot of deeper issues of the heart.

  3. Too many distractions, too much responsibility with my current job. I know I allow them to take precedent, but not sure how to overcome it.

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