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Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Progress: How to Take Action Now!

March 15, 2023

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Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? 🤔

Like you’re making excuses and not taking action on the things that you want to do? It happens to the best of us – we get stuck in our comfort zones, justifying our lack of action by telling ourselves that we’ll get to it tomorrow, or that it’s not the right time.

But the truth is, if we want to make progress and achieve our goals, we need to stop making excuses and start taking action even when you don’t feel like it. 🤷‍♀️

The good news is that it’s not as hard as it sounds. In this blog post, we’ll look at how to start making progress now and how to stop making excuses.

Why We Make Excuses

We all make excuses from time to time. It’s a natural human response to trying to avoid doing something that we don’t want to do. We tell ourselves that it’s too hard, that we’re too tired, or that it’s not the right time. 🙃

The problem is, if we keep making excuses, we’ll never get out of our comfort zones and start taking action on the things that we want to do.

So, if we want to make progress and achieve our goals, we need to stop making excuses and start taking action as soon as. 😊

Identifying Excuses

The first step to stop making excuses is to identify them. Oftentimes, we’re so busy making excuses that we don’t even realise that we’re doing it. 😬

It’s important to take a step back and look at the excuses we’re making and why we’re making them.

For example, if you’re making excuses about going to the gym, ask yourself why. Are you feeling too tired? Do you feel like you don’t have enough time? Are you scared of making progress then dropping off? 😔

Taking the time to identify your excuses can help you to understand why you’re making them, and how to overcome them.

Overcoming Excuses

Once you’ve identified your excuses, it’s time to start overcoming them. 🙂

The best way to do this is to break down your goal into smaller, more manageable tasks. This will make the task feel less overwhelming and more achievable.

One of the biggest reasons people quit their goals early is because they take on too much too early. Pace yourself and have a plan. Remember it’s okay to deviate from your plan sometimes as circumstances change, but never forget your end goal and what you want to achieve. 😌

For example, if you’re trying to start a new business, break it down into smaller tasks like researching your target market, writing a business plan, and creating a website.

By breaking down your goal into smaller tasks, it will feel less daunting and more doable.

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Setting Goals and Taking Action

Now that you’ve identified your excuses and broken down your goal into smaller tasks, it’s time to start taking action. 💪

The best way to do this is to set specific, measurable goals and a timeline for achieving them. This will help you stay focused and motivated, and will give you something to work towards.

For example, if your goal is to start a new business, set a timeline for researching your target market, writing a business plan, and creating a website. This will give you a timeline to work towards and will help you stay focused and motivated.

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Creating a Plan of Action

Once you’ve set your goals and timeline, it’s time to create a plan of action. This will help you stay on track and ensure that you’re taking the necessary steps to achieve your goal. 😄

When creating your plan of action, make sure to break down each task into smaller, achievable steps. This will help you stay focused on what needs to be done and will give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete each step.

Make sure to assign a timeline to each task and set specific, measurable goals for each one. 👈

Remember to put as much detail in your plan of action but try not to be rigid with the execution.

Staying Motivated

Staying motivated can be a challenge at times, but it is essential for achieving our goals and living a fulfilling life. It is important to understand that motivation does not always come from external sources, but from within ourselves. 🤗

We have to learn to be our own source of motivation and use it to stay focused and keep our goals in sight.

It is also important to stay positive when striving towards our goals. Negative thoughts can be a major barrier to staying motivated and can prevent us from achieving our goals. Instead of focusing on the negatives, we should focus on the positives and think of our goals as challenges that can be conquered.

We should also reward ourselves for our accomplishments. This will help us stay motivated and keep our spirits high. Our rewards can be anything from a simple round of applause for yourself to a bigger reward such as a weekend getaway. ✈️

Finally, it is important to stay organised. Having an organized plan will help us stay on track and prevent us from getting distracted.

We should also make sure to take regular breaks throughout the day to give our mind and body a chance to recharge. Staying motivated requires dedication and hard work, but by following these tips, we can stay motivated and stay focused on our goals. 😌


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Making Connections and Joining a Support Group

Another great way to stay motivated and on track is to make connections and join a support group. Having friends to discuss your goals and progress with can be incredibly inspiring and motivating. It can also help to have someone to hold you accountable and keep you on track. 😌

For example, if you’re starting a new career, find a group of like-minded people to discuss your progress with. This will help keep you motivated and on track, and will give you the support you need to reach your goal.

Creating a Successful Mindset

Creating a successful mindset is key to taking action and achieving your goals. It’s important to stay positive and focus on the end goal. It’s also important to stay focused on the present moment and take it one step at a time while being grateful for what you’ve already achieved. 🏆

For example, if your goal is to start a new business, focus on each task one at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed by the idea of starting a business – focus on researching your target market, writing a business plan, and creating a website. 💻

Focus on the basics. This will help keep you focused on the present moment and on achieving your goal.

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Celebrating Successes

Finally, it’s important to celebrate your successes. Achieving your goals is hard work, and it’s important to take the time to recognise and appreciate your progress. You’ve come far and it’s about time that you realised that. 🥰

This will help keep you motivated and on track. 😄

For example, when you finish researching your target market or writing a business plan, take a few minutes to celebrate and acknowledge your progress. This will help give you that needed boost to keep going and not fall off track.


Making progress and achieving our goals can be hard, but it’s certainly not impossible. The key is to stop making excuses and start taking action.

Identify your excuses, break down your goals into manageable tasks, set specific, measurable goals and timelines, create a plan of action, stay motivated and focused on the end goal, make connections and join a support group, create and maintain a success mindset, and celebrate your successes. 😌

By taking these steps, you can stop making excuses and start making progress now. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today and take action on the things that you want to do!

You got this! 💕

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