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Break Free Of The Excuses That Are Holding You Back

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We all fall victims to excuses. We can bury ourselves in excuses and never give ourselves a chance to truly achieve our dreams. Excuses build false boundaries that we can end up telling ourselves for years and begin to believe are noble truths.

But lucky for us, Jon Acuff has put together a list of the top five excuses we make that impact our lives and how to address them.

1. I’m Too Busy To Change My Life

You and I are busy. I admit we’ve got a lot going on in life. Being able to answer emails from the bathroom on our smartphones have made us all feel a little overwhelmed. The good news is I can give you 10 hours of free time in 10 seconds. Ready? Cut out 10 hours of TV every week. I am a genius! And I’m not telling you to become one of those pompous jerks at parties who loudly proclaim, “I don’t even own a TV.” (Those people watch YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. That counts.) The reality is that, according to a Nielsen study, the average American watches 38.5 hours of TV a week. I’m just saying cut your consumption back to a mere 28.5 hours. That’s very doable.

2. I Don’t Have Enough Money To Change My Life

Changing your life is free at first. The only resource it requires is time. Not money, but hustle. Not loans, but hard work. You don’t need to save up to change your life. You can start today, especially now that you’ve got an extra 10 hours of free time.

3. I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life

A lot of people I meet hope that their life’s purpose will arrive on the doorstep like a pizza. That perhaps, by some miracle, their calling will find them on their couch. Or they tell me that they have too many passions and don’t know which one to start on first. Inevitably, they are so afraid to pick the wrong passion that they don’t pick at all. The problem is that if you don’t pick any, you fail at all of them. Don’t know exactly what to do with your life? Me neither. Welcome to the human race. I guarantee, though, that if you were honest, you’d admit you have a general sense of what you want to do. No one I meet says, “I want to be either a marine biologist or a flamenco dancer in Northern Spain.” Instead, most of us have at least a fuzzy idea about what we want to do. Want to ferret it out a little? Start a blog or buy a journal and commit to writing about something that interests you once a week. In a matter of months, you’ll have a clearer picture of what you care about in your life.

4. Someday I’ll…

Someday is a great place to store your dreams. Someday you’ll write a book. Someday you’ll start a business. Someday you’ll own that llama you keep talking about. The only problem is that someday isn’t on any calendar. That day is never going to come. It’s a mythical black hole that swallows your time and your dreams and your hopes. Next time you say “someday,” take out your phone and actually pick a real-time and date to hustle on your dream.

5. It’s Just A Job

Stop it. Nothing you do for 40 hours of waking time each week is just a job. That’s not just a job; that’s just your life. And don’t fool yourself into thinking you can leave it there. You can’t. If you’re going through a divorce, on Monday morning you don’t switch back into work mode and perform at 100%. If you get a horrible performance review, you don’t flip the switch back into home mode and not think about it at dinner. If you hate your job, that eventually finds its way home. I once met a lady in her late 70s on an airplane. She read one of my books and asked me, “What do you do when all the excuses for not chasing your dream are gone?” It was a profoundly sad moment, because, for the first time, she was looking back on life — and realizing it had passed her by. Don’t let excuses rule the day.

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Real Life Kwik-E-Mart Is Open For Business

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The Simpson iconic store the Kwik-E-Mart now has a real-world location.

The store opened it’s doors on Friday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The store will sale memorabilia associated with Bart Simpson, his parents, Homer and Marge, sisters Lisa and Maggie and the rest of the globally known characters from the town of Springfield.

“This is the first, world’s first authentic Kwik-E-Mart. Every inch of this store is themed, including bringing products to life,” Mark Cornell, senior vice president of attractions development with simEx-Iwerks Entertainment, told WMBF News.

“The products that are on the show, you can actually come and experience in the store first hand. Sort of like getting a taste of the show.” Back in 2007, 7-Eleven converted a few of their chains into small-scale versions of the convenience store as a way of promoting the release of The Simpsons Movie. This newly-opened Kwik-E-Mart offers fans a much more immersive experience that allows them to see (and even taste) what it would be like to actually live in Springfield.

There is also similar version of the store opened in Universal Studios Orlando.

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Snoop And Matt Barnes Team Up For Cancer Benefit

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Snoop Dogg and Matt Barnes continue to help support the fight against cancer. On Sunday, the two stars held the fifth annual Athletes vs. Cancer All-Star Weekend.

Barnes created the nonprofit Athletes vs. Cancer (AVC) in memory of his mother, who died just 26 days after being diagnosed with stage four cancer, according to the organization’s website.

“This nonprofit is a community of influencers — musicians, athletes, actors — who come together to bring awareness to cancer but also support families who are harmed by cancer,” said Holly Baird, communications director for AVC. “They provide scholarships, care packages and all-around support for families.”

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush also participated at the event.

“I think everybody here has been affected in some way, shape or form by cancer. Obviously, it’s a nasty disease. It’s taken a lot of people way too soon. I’ve been affected by it, close family members, friends, co-workers, and so I’ve known Matt and Snoop for a long time and they’ve supported me for a long time, so it’s only right that I come to support them.”

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Randy Moss Pays Tribute To Police Brutality Victims

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Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss is now in the NFL Hall Of Fame. Moss stepped to the podium with a tie with the names of victims from Police Brutality.

The tie had the names of including Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, and Travyon Martin to name a few.

“What I wanted to express with my tie was to let these families know they’re not alone,” Moss said. “I’m not here voicing, but by [having] these names on my tie, in a big platform like the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country and I just wanted these family members to know they’re not alone.”

 

 

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