My coach uses a lot of great, sticky phrases.
They’re sticky because they’re easy to remember. One of my favorites is “Take a No Excuses Approach.”
Her point is that when you really want something, you should go after it, full out. No excuses. No “I don’t have time” or “I’m too tired.” None of that.
It’s amazing how much we don’t do because we talk ourselves out of it.
I’ve noticed that a lot of people who work in nonprofit use fundraising excuses. Things like “I don’t know any rich people” or “I don’t have time to take a donor to lunch.” They’re usually little and they can really impact your results.
Just for fun, ask yourself this: What would happen to my fundraising if I took a No Excuses Approach?
Would you raise more money? No doubt that you would.
I suggest you start to pay attention to the excuses you use to keep yourself where you are. Watch out – excuses can be very subtle and sometimes seem like justification or “reasons.”
When you identify an excuse, think about why you are using it. What benefit do you get from using that excuse? And are you moving closer to your goal by using that excuse?
I bet you’ll figure out (just like I did) that my excuses do not serve me. Make a commitment to radically reduce the number of excuses you use and see what happens. I bet you’ll find (just like I did) that it’s easier to reach your goals and be successful!