Have you ever met someone who can always find dozens of reasons why something can’t or shouldn’t be done and very few why it could or should be done? Dr. David Scwartz in his book, “The Magic of Thinking Big” devotes a chapter to what he titled, “Cure Yourself of Excusitus, the Failure Disease.” Napoleon Hill said this about such a person, “The habitual procrastinator is always an expert creator of alibis.”
For many years I was such a can’t or shouldn’t be done type of person. I could assess and identify a half dozen or more reasons why it was impossible, almost instantaneously. I never saw this as a negative, but rather as a time and effort saving process. If it can’t be done, don’t waste your time trying. My blind spot was in the fact, the barriers I identified stopped me from seeing any of the alternatives and possibilities why it could or should be done. It was simply an easy way of avoiding a challenge. It was also the path to lost opportunities.
What is often left unidentified when we chose to live from such a negative place is, we are giving up the opportunity to express faith and Hebrews 11:6 tells us, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Without faith we never place ourselves in a position to receive the rewards of successful completion of that for which we reached out to achieve.
Napoleon Hill writes in his book, “The Positive Action Plan,” “It is far easier to rationalize that it’s too difficult, too expensive, or too time-consuming than to accept the idea that if we are willing to work hard enough, smart enough, and long enough we can accomplish anything.
When we come to the realization we are 100% responsible for the attitudes we demonstrate, the words we say, the beliefs we hold and the thoughts we deliberately think, we open the door to the possibility we can become more positive in how we live our life. Such a decision will draw people towards us, rather than drive them away. The result, we are will not be alone, but will find others willing to draw alongside us and work with us to achieve a common goal and good.