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Turn off your excuse mindset

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Excuses hold you back, and keep you from taking actions that will lead you forward in your career and improve your life, in general. Here’s how to combat three self-defeating excuses:

“I can’t do anything about it.” Chances are you can—or you could. Be brave enough to retrace your steps and figure out what you did or didn’t do that could have changed an outcome or prevented the situation you’re in. You may not be able to change the past, but you can surely prevent repeating your mistakes.

“I’m not good/smart/experienced enough.” Believe it, and it could become your reality. When this thought enters your mind, focus on what you can do and what you know. Write it down if you have to. Just be sure to remind yourself of the things about you that do make you good, smart and experienced enough.  

“Bad things always happen to me.” Bad things don’t “always” happen to you. It’s time to consider that your own actions caused the problem. Even if they didn’t, you should be asking “Why did this particular thing happen to me?” Then take steps to improve your situation going forward.

— Adapted from “Opinion: How to Turn Excuses Into Results,” Carol Talbot, People Management, http://www2.cipd.co.uk.

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