Crushing Excuses, Expecting Results

I posted a status on my accounts across the social media world earlier this week that read, “I didn’t accomplish half of what I wanted done in 2010, but I REALLY enjoyed watching my babygirl grow up! 2011 won’t get away from me!”  That wasn’t hype, I was sharing a true resolve for the goals I have set for 2011.  As I stated on my New Years post, I am not much for making resolutions….but I do believe in setting goals.  I am ALL “D” when it comes to personality….driven, goal & results oriented.

When I sit and look back over what happened in 2010, it was one of the most amazing years of my life.  Candace and I were blessed with Christina Joy, we enjoy amazing trips with family and for ministry, and we prospered in hard economic times.  All of that is testament to God’s grace and how He looks out for us, so when I say I am disappointed in myself for my lack of accomplishments in 2011….I am not being ungrateful.

My lack of productivity in 2010 is no one’s fault but my own, and here is why: I made excuses.  Not only did I make excuses, I let them consume me.  Every time I had a window of opportunity to work toward completing my own goals, I found an excuse to not do the work.  It’s no wonder to me I got more frustrated as the year passed.  The frustration feeds from my complacency and lack of focus….and it ended at 11:59pm on December 31, 2010.

If you find yourself needing inspiration and you have the same desire I have to gain momentum toward realizing the hopes and dreams of your heart….check out the things I read in another blog’s post about what some of the most famous people in history did to overcome excuses and circumstances in their lives:

  • Leo Tolstoy wrote War and Peace while living in a small house with his wife and 13 children.
  • Walt Disney was a failed, bankrupt, small-time ad man before that whole mouse thing happened.
  • J.K. Rowling was on the dole. Her first Harry Potter book was rejected by twelve publishers. It was eventually purchased by the relatively small Bloomsbury in London, and that only because the CEO’s daughter begged him to print it.
  • Mark Twain sunk $300,000 of his own money (and much of his wife’s) into a typesetting machine that was eventually, brutally, made obsolete.
  • E.E. Cumming’s first book of poetry was rejected by fifteen publishers. He self-published it, dedicated it to the fifteen rejectors, and became one of America’s greatest poets.
  • Crippled by depression, self-doubt, and living in a cruelly sexist era, Mary Anne Evans changed her identity to George Eliot and became one of the most beloved English novelists of all time.
  • Abraham Lincoln lost multiple jobs, went bankrupt, and failed in more than sixty bids for public office before being sworn in as the 16th President of the United States.
  • Isaac Asimov wrote or edited more than 500 books in his lifetime. Oh, and that’s in addition to being a professor of biochemistry at Boston University.

If that doesn’t inspire you to crush any excuse you can come up with….enjoy living in frustrations.  If you are inspired, read Philippians 4:11-13. Be content in who God made you to be, but also believe in and pursue the dreams He laid in your heart.  Want some support?  Tell me what excuses you are crushing to accomplish your dreams by commenting below.  Remember….once it’s in writing, I’ll hold you to it!

About John Bendever, Jr.

I'm madly in love with one woman, father of two world changers, entrepreneur, internet marketing nerd, and most importantly...I am a son of the Most High God.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog, and I truly hope it inspires you to grow outside your fears to become who you are meant to be....to live how you are meant to live.

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