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People are always full of excuses, and we tend to hold ourselves back. These are five of the most common excuses we all use, which may be standing in the way of our happiness, and how to find a solution.

Time
One of the most common excuses holding us back from things like exercising or cleaning out our wardrobe is our perceived lack of time. No one is busy every single minute of every day during the week. It all comes down to priori- ties and what we are willing to spend our free time on. If we find something that adds value to our lives, we will make time.

Money
Many of the things people want in life have some sort financial implication. Too often people are focused on what they cannot afford instead of what they want to do. If there is something that you really want in life, find a way to make it work. It might take slightly longer, but don’t let money stand in the way of your happiness. Always wanted to take a trip to Thailand but haven’t been able to afford it? Find other ways to get you closer to achieving your dream, like saving a small amount each month, cutting back on other expenses or even taking a shot at entering competitions to win a free trip.

Age
One of the most common excuses people use is related to their age. As people start to get older, their lives get busier and the years seem to rush by fast- er. Many people use the excuse that they are “too old for that,” which prevents them from doing some of the things they have always wanted to. The truth is that age is just a number and you are only as old as you think you are; if you have always wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument, don’t let your irrelevant age stop you.

Procrastination
Tomorrow, next week, next month and next year is when everything seems to happen. Often people have the intention of starting something new or implementing a positive change in their life but allow procrastination to get the better of them. There will seldom be a perfect set of circumstances to start something new or implement some sort of change. Want to start living a healthier lifestyle? Don’t let procrastination get the better of you; there is no better time than the present, start now!

Other people
Too often the excuse of needing other people to do things can hold us back. Always wanted to do something but never found someone else to do it with? Don’t let the fact that none of your friends want to try a new dance class or backpack in South America stop you; see it as an opportunity to have new experiences at the same time as creating new friendships along the way.

The sooner we are able to wade through our fixed and flimsy excuses the better. If we really think about what our possibilities are and whether there is a way around the excuses holding us back, the closer we will be to living the life we have always wanted.

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