Overcoming Excuses

Have you ever looked at someone successful and thought, "I wish I could do that. But I can't because I'm not... talented enough, smart enough, rich enough, pretty enough, lucky enough..." You get the idea. Fill in the blank. We often view those who have achieved success as being gifted with extraordinary powers or luck that we ourselves don't possess. If you find your thoughts traveling along this line of thinking, here's a quote to consider:

"Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."  --Richard Evans

Everyone starts out with challenges - even the successful people. Overcoming those challenges and reaching one's goals despite the odds stacked against them, is what propels some people to success. For those who buy into the excuses about why they can't achieve something, their thoughts become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

When it comes to investing, some of the common challenges women face are:

You may be able to identify with some of the challenges listed above, or have your own unique challenges. Instead of focusing on why your circumstances make it impossible to focus on investing, ask yourself how you can invest despite your challenging circumstances. 

Your dreams are important and worth pursuing. You can achieve them if you develop a  creative mindset instead of an excuse mindset. Instead of saying, "I can't do that," ask yourself, "How can I do that?" This simple shift in your thinking will open your world to new ideas and new possibilities. 

  • Little or no money saved up for investing
  • Low income, living from paycheck to paycheck, or buried in debt
  • Little financial knowledge
  • No one in their circle of friends and family to turn to for support or advice on investing
  • Tried investing in the past and suffered losses
  • afraid to try again
  • Family commitments make finding time to learn or invest challenging
  • Stressful job, long hours
  • No job, no income security

You may be able to identify with some of the challenges listed above, or have your own unique challenges. Instead of focusing on why your circumstances make it impossible to focus on investing, ask yourself how you can invest despite your challenging circumstances.

Your dreams are important and worth pursuing. You can achieve them if you develop a creative mindset instead of an excuse mindset. Instead of saying, "I can't do that," ask yourself, "How can I do that?" This simple shift in your thinking will open your world to new ideas and new possibilities.

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