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I get asked all the time, “what it is that makes successful people successful?” or, “why is that when someone has a particular success that they tend to have another and another?”

The truth is that success really does happen when your dreams and your desires get bigger than your excuses.

I wanted to be in personal coaching for quite some time and wanted to create something like Mindset Engine to give away to help other people achieve a healthy, focused mindset.

For me, I had to get to the place where my desire for success became greater than my excuses. Then, and only then, did I take strong forward action and put myself out there.

Was I scared? You bet! But I quickly realized that all of us fight the challenge of fear and self-doubt. Once you learn to make your mind work for you instead of against you, you have the ability to do virtually anything.

Take Action:

What I encourage you to do is take this thought and pause for a moment. Grab your journal or your phone, tablet, or the journal function in this app—whatever it is that you use to take notes on, and ask yourself, what is holding you back? What is keeping you from where you want to be?

Before you allow yourself to accept those things, look at each statement that you’ve written down and asked yourself why.

Why is that holding you back?

What is that you could do differently and break through to your goal?

Excuses are like a warm, comfortable blanket on a cold day. They’re wonderful to wrap around us because it makes us feel good. But ultimately, excuses deny us the ability to experience life and the success we want.

You have to pay attention and be brutally honest with yourself. It is super easy to get caught in a life of excuses where you miss the success and the dreams that you want. Mindset will give you a giant step forward.

Think about that.