“When I lost my excuses, I found my results.”

Let that sink in.

Many times we find ourselves searching for results. We set goals only to end up with deadlines of disappointment. We begin to use excuses. They usually start off as small excuses that initially delay your results. If left unchecked, they will grow and grow and grow. Soon, you find it easier to make excuses than to get results.

Turning on Results like a Light Switch

There’s something I call “The Results Light Switch”. It’s actually so powerful, that it’s like turning on the light switch of results. You immediately start getting results. You remove the resistance and results start to flow, and flow fast.

When is it time for “The Results Light Switch”?

How do you know when it’s time for “The Results Light Switch”?

It starts when you find yourself creating excuses and alibis for missed results. In the famous results book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, he ends the book by providing you with a list of 57 common alibis or excuses for failure. When you find these phrases starting to come out of your mouth, you know it’s time to hit “The Results Light Switch”. It starts with what Hill calls “Old Man IF”. Be ready when you hear yourself start any sentences with:


“If other people would…” 

“If my family would…”

“If luck was…”

“If times were…”

“If I only had…”

“If I didn’t have…”

“If I could only…”

“If I hadn’t…”

“If I were…”

“I’m too…”

“If I had the courage to…”


You need the courage to see yourself as you really are.


As you examine your excuses, you are going to notice that they come from you. Excuses are created by you and your imagination. As you realize this, it is part frustration and part liberation. The frustrating part is that you realize it’s on you. They are your excuses and you’re giving in to them. The liberating part is that it’s you and that means it’s in your control. You can take ownership and do something about it. You can find out what is wrong and correct it. Excuses are fatal to success and results. Let’s flip the switch.


What is “The Results Light Switch”?

What is it that can turn on your results just like you turning on a light switch? What is it that can have you instantly go from the dark to the light?

It’s actually quite simple. You lose your excuses. Just like you lose a set of car keys you misplace it on purpose and let go of them. You take responsibility – the ability to choose your own response to what happens. Instead of making excuses, you lose them and accept ownership of your situation. You can’t control all circumstances but you can control your response to the circumstances. You can’t always control outcomes but you can control your decision to lose the excuses and take control of your response to the situation.

What does it look like to lose your excuses?

You take responsibility. You drop the “IF only” from your vocabulary and embrace: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me”! You control it and you own it! You don’t blame others & you don’t blame circumstances. When you blame you lose the power to respond. With ownership comes action, and with action comes results. That’s the light switch. You lose your excuses to find your results.

“When I lost my excuses, I found my results.”

When you feel an excuse coming on ask “What can I do about this?”, “What part of this is in my control?”, “Where did I let myself down and what can I learn from this?” This is not easy but very empowering. You begin to see what you can do, how you can act and results always follow action.

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Benjamin Franklin

Now it’s your turn.

Take control, lose your excuses to find your results and make it a great day,



Blaine Oelkers is a lifetime entrepreneur, a graduate of Purdue University and Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship program. He’s achieved over 100 Million dollars in sales and has coached 1000s of business owners. He’s America’s Chief Results Officer® (CRO) helping business owners and their companies get results. He can be reached at blaine@selfluence.com.

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