Top 10 excuses for not achieving your dreams

Have you ever thought, I’d love to do x, y or z, but dismissed it before even considering it, as something that would not be possible for you?

I was recently at an event, where I presented an overview of some of the things that I have achieved over the last few years. At the end, quite a few people said they would love to have done some of the things I had done, but they couldn’t because their personal circumstances wouldn’t allow it.

I was quite intrigued about what those circumstances were, and when I delved a bit deeper, most of them sounded like excuses that could easily be overcome.

I’ve detailed the common reasons I have heard people give:

1) Not confident enough

To follow your ambitions take guts. You can tell yourself you haven’t got the confidence to succeed or you can fake it until it becomes real.

2) Not got enough time

There are 168 hours in a week, we all have the same number. You have a choice on how you use those hours. You decide how many you will spend sleeping, at work, watching TV and carrying out other activities important to you. If you want to achieve a dream, you have to prioritise what time you spend focusing on it and look at what else you can stop doing to create more time.

Related post: 5 Top tips for creating more time in your day

3) Too tired

This can also be interpreted as too lazy. You may not have the motivation to get up off your bum and follow your dreams. You need to look at why you are feeling tired, what would motivate you and then give yourself a kick, to get started.

4) Too many responsibilities

You might have children, a pet or friends that rely on you. It might be easy to say they are the reasons you have not met your goals, as you need to put them first and you can’t split yourself in enough directions. There is always a way to make what you want happen, you just have to make a plan, to figure out how to manage it all.

5) Too young / too old

I’ve heard people say they are too young to be able to do accomplish something or too old to start something new. Age should be irrelevant, it’s all just your mindset. There are many 60 year olds that have way more get up and go, than some 20 years olds and who are still learning more and trying new things. Try to take age out of the equation. You’re never too old to try something new and follow your dreams, you’re never to young to be successful at something, if you put your mind to it.

6) Lack of money

You can always wait until one day when you have more money. Or you could decide to start something now and figure out the financial situation as you go.

7) Too difficult 

You may be overwhelmed by a dream or goal and due to the fact that you’re not sure where to start, you don’t start at all. The trick is taking the first step. Break it down into manageable chunks and get going on the first one.

8) Scared to fail

You might not want to try and achieve your objectives, as you are too scared of failure. If you don’t try something you will never know if you would have been successful. Try considering what’s the worst that could happen. You can always learn from any issues you encounter on the way.

9) Not the right time

You can always tell yourself now isn’t the right time. Maybe next month, maybe next year, but it’s potentially never going to be the right time, so better to take immediate action and live for today.

Related post: 3 steps to taking immediate action

10) I won’t be good enough

You might worry that you are not talented enough, brave enough or lucky enough to achieve your ambitions. You make your own luck. If you put your mind to something, you can be successful at it.


I’d love to hear if you have used these excuses, or any others, and if you have, how have you overcome them?


  1. Laura April 30, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    Love this, its inspired me to look at how I spend my time and to kick the tv down the priority list, even if suits is my fav programme.

    Great blog Mel


    • Mel Johnson April 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      Giving up TV has been the biggest game changer for me this year, I have become so much more productive, as I have so much additional time. :-)


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