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Three Ways to Limit Success
Written by Holden Rethwill

Whine.
Complain.
Make excuses.

If you’re looking for three surefire ways to limit your success, look no further.

I recently re-read the book “Wooden” for the fourth time (John Wooden is a hero of mine). It’s amazing to me how every time I read it, something new sticks out to me. This particular time was a specific excerpt from his book:

“Don’t whine.
Don’t complain.
Don’t make excuses.”

Some people today may think these are naive or kind of corny. But if you think a moment about what they mean and who you become if you abide by them. That isn’t naive. You don’t become corny.”

It got me thinking. How many of these three things do we see every day? How many of them does each of us do every day? In what possible way are they contributing to our success? Whether it’s in the gym, work, or everyday life, we have no room for these three terms that only bring about negativity.

Whining and Complaining.

A person who whines and complains is a person who is neglecting to approach whatever task they face with a positive mental outlook. By neglecting this you have severely limited your ability to focus on the task at hand. How can you possibly approach something with full effort when you are expending energy, both mentally and physically, whining and complaining about it?

The next time you are confronted with a challenge, rather than allowing these negative approaches to take control, try taking your situation as exactly what it is; a challenging opportunity, one that can make you better.

Making Excuses.

By making excuses you are allowing yourself to rationalize not living up to your true potential. This becomes a slippery slope. The more you allow yourself to do this, the more you will find yourself making excuses for your lack of success rather than expending that energy to turn the tide in your favor.

Remember, life is a process and everything happens for a reason. Your level of success in whatever you do is largely associated with your ability to confront whatever comes your way with a positive mentality. No matter who you are or what you do, there is no room for whining, complaining, and making excuses on the road to success.

Next time you find yourself doing one of these things, take a step back, analyze that negative energy, turn it around, and use it as fuel towards achieving your full potential.

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Mike Caisse
Mike Caisse
October 11, 2016 4:39 am

Great article. Here is the link to a good book regarding having a useful attitude. Enjoy!
https://verbolog.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/attitude_is_everything-keith-hershell.pdf

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Michele Vieux
October 11, 2016 6:35 am
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Thanks, Mike!