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Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Top 28 Excuses…






that get in the way of success…

When I was a young Operations Manager, about to start a new project, my Chairman took me out for lunch and said...

"In my business you can give me results or excuses; which will you give me more of...?"

I chose Results - and hence the name of our company - Results Rules OK..

As Business Coach, from time to time I get given a variety of excuses why Results have not been achieved, objectives completed or sales made.

So these are my Top 28 Excuses that I don't allow my clients to use - if they have any others, I just add them to the list so that they can't be used again..


If we take away the excuses, all that is left is Results...

Enjoy - if you have any others you think I should add, drop me a note...
  1. I can’t afford itthen you just don’t want it bad enough yet…
  2. I don’t have the time yes you do, you simply have the wrong priorities…
  3. My business is specialyou’re special; the business is fine…
  4. I don’t know how then find out, it’s called the internet, or buying a book…
  5. It’s the recessionthe only recession is that surrounding your activity level…
  6. I was off sick if you’re alive you’re OK; stop moaning and get on with it…
  7. I’m too oldif you believe that, then quit and make way for someone else…
  8. I’m too young I bet an old person told you that; ignore them and step up…
  9. I’m scared – FEAR = Finding Excuses, Avoiding Responsibilitydo it anyway…
  10. But it hurts pain is just your best excuses leaving your body…
  11. Clients buy on Priceif you let them; show more value and put your prices up…
  12. The competition is killing methen join them while we get on being Awesome…
  13. But I’m not a Sales Personif you’re in business, you’re in sales…
  14. Don’t like Presentingbut if you did, imagine your results – get on stage…
  15. I’m happy here you’re not here to be happy, you’re here to make a difference
  16. Books are boringnot if I hit you over the head with them they won’t be...
  17. That won’t work hereif I held a gun to your head I bet it would; find a way…
  18. I’m too busyreally; bet you still go on holiday, sleep and have weekends…?
  19. I want to think about ityou don’t have the equipment; stop procrastinating…
  20. Head Office support sucksyou suck for needing them; build your business…
  21. It’s my Team no; it’s your leadership, the team are fine; you hired them…
  22. If I train them they’ll leave what if you don’t and they stay..?
  23. I forgotthen I may forget to pay you too this month…
  24. Traffic was badno $#it, how unusual, leave early; your dreams won’t wait…
  25. It’s August / Decemberthen take massive action and cancel your vacation…
  26. I’m male / female / gay / straight well spotted; don’t become a stereotype…
  27. We've always done it that waythat’s why you've always been mediocre too…
  28. My PC crashedthen stop looking at porn and get back to work…
  29. I’m out of signal rangenice try, unless you’re in Antarctica, you’re in range…
  30. The car broke downthen make more money and buy a decent one…
 Yes – there are 30 here not 28 – the biggest limitation on success is being restricted by the boundaries you place around yourself and the self-imposed rules you choose to apply to your levels of success – always over deliver...

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