“Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure.” These words were etched above my 7th grade homeroom teacher’s whiteboard. Eight years later, the saying remains in my memory. This quote, although cheesy and cliche, speaks a harsh truth.
Tonight’s blog is going to be about excuses. The point I shall attempt to make: in an ideal world, excuses are nonexistent.
I’m going to tread carefully over my next couple of paragraphs, for they might offend some people. I do not wish to do so; I am merely speaking from both personal experience and by observing others. If you truly want something, you will get it. Nothing will be able to stop you from achieving your want. Otherwise, you did NOT want it that badly.
Allow me to elaborate with a few examples.
- I have heard, countless times, many people wanting to change their physical appearance. This includes weight loss, increasing muscle mass, and toning the body. However, many of them do not ever follow through with their words.
- Conversely, the same goes with avid smokers who want to stop that habit. Having been through high school, I have personally seen many of my friends become addicted to smoking. The words that they eloquently spoke at the time, “I could quit any time” now very well means “I am *explicit* addicted to cigarettes.”
- Another example could be with finding a job. I also happened to get bitten by a mosquito right now. If you are reading my computer screen, mosquito, I will destroy your life when you get within 3 feet of my hands *CLAP.* Another example would be improving one’s grades in school. There are numerous examples that could be provided, but I’m sure my point had been made.
The 8th grade Andy Cheng.
Repeating myself: in an ideal world, excuses are nonexistent. If you truly want something, you will get it. Nothing will be able to stop you from achieving your want. Otherwise, you did NOT want it that badly.
It’s time to use your exercise some alpha brain-waves, folks. Close your eyes for a minute (but after you read the following directions, please). Think about a single skill you possess that you’re good at. Now, think about how you became good at that specific skill. Have you thought about it yet? I’m going to take a stab at why you’re so good at the skill: through practice, repetition, motivation, and/or obligation. By constantly exposing oneself to the subject material, the sport, the musical instrument, and the kitchen utensils, a person is likely to be a good student, athlete, musician, cook, etc..
- One example will be enough to support my current claim: learning your first language. Think about the first language you learned, folks. Think about how proficient you are at the language, and think about how tough it is for other people to learn the same language. You became skillful at it through practicing, repetition, exposure, and obligation.
In conclusion: in an ideal world, excuses are nonexistent. If you truly want something, you will get it. Nothing will be able to stop you from achieving your want. Otherwise, you did NOT want it that badly. I’ve now repeated this statement three times. You must understand, folks, that my original plan for this blog was to be a lot more direct and blunt. I wanted to call out personal friends who inspired me to write this. I ultimately toned it down a few octaves, generalized it, and decided not to mention specific names. Why?
Because those who have reached any of their goals already feel the sense of accomplishment. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from reaching that milestone, especially yourself. Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure, and Earth’s geography is already reaching its carrying capacity.
Thanks for reading, folks.