July 1, 2020
Get Your But out of the Way!
“Believe in yourself and your abilities. There are lots of other folks who’ll tell you, ‘It can’t be done.’ ”
– Jasmine Guy, Television And Film Star
Unfortunately too many people cannot specify what holds them back. All too frequently they feel there’s “something” – whether it’s called hard luck or the “system”—that binds them to lives of misery and poverty. Some even boast of what great heights they could reach if only they could sever the cords that bind them. Surely they could change their lives for the better if they could remove the shackles—real or imagined—that chain them to limited lives.
On many occasions I’ve counseled men and women in a variety of occupations and I’ve heard all kinds of stories. Very often people have said to me, “Dr. Kimbro, I want to do this…but.” Or, “Dr. Kimbro, I would like to have that…but.” Or, “Dr. Kimbro, I could become this…but.”
One day I got my fill of all these excuses and reasons for inactivity, and I blurted out, “You know, you could be what you want to be, do what you want to do, and have what you want to have, if you would just get your but out of the way!”
For the most part, we know what we want out of life. Not only do we know what we want, we know how to get it. Most of us have concluded that we have the time, the energy, the skill, and the opportunity. And the only thing standing in the way of us enjoying whatever we desire is our big excuse. If you want to achieve more, declare your reasons unacceptable, your excuses inexcusable—then get your but out of the way!
Get rid of the word but. It’s the difference between success and failure.
Printed with permission of the author, Dr. Dennis Kimbro
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