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Not reaching your business goals? Keep procrastinating and finding excuses? Don't feel bad, instead do something about it with insight and motivation from this month's guest blogger and business coach Alex Petty...

"Would you prefer living with reasons you didn’t achieve something or be a winner and live with the positive Results of your actions?
Maybe it’s time to write a book, ‘A hundred and one reasons why we don’t achieve the things we say we will'!  How many excuses have you heard as to why someone failed? The dog ate my homework, I don’t feel like it, that’s not for me….
How would it be if you couldn’t come up with a reason for failing? How would it be if all you could say was… I did win, I came first, I won that gold medal, I won the business.
Do you think that Sir Steve Redgrave can make excuses or come up with reasons why he didn’t win? NO... He can’t! Steve overcame some major personal health problems and won five Olympic gold medals!  
What about the eight-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who completed a grueling triathlon unaided?
Inspirational Bailey Matthews was roared over the finishing line by crowds close to tears as he cast aside his specially-adapted walking frame to finish the last 20 metres of the race unaided.  Despite stumbling twice on his way to the line, Bailey picks himself up to complete the amazing feat.

Hundreds of people gathered around the finish line to watch the youngster complete the 100 metre swim, 4km bike ride and 1.3km run at the Castle Howard Triathlon in North Yorkshire. Watch Bailey's success here: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-33686948

Bailey is a Winner!
So how would it be if you chose to be a winner and only accept the best of yourself?
The good news is that it’s your choice; the bad news is you have to deliver on that choice.
I heard a brilliant question many years ago; ‘What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’  Surely you could achieve anything your mind could conceive.
But Alex I hear you cry, that’s not real world, I have all these reasons and excuses all lined up to protect me from achieving my dreams… I say (it’s unrepeatable) that your own anchors are your only blockage to reaching your goals.
I have to admit that I have been there; with the excuses and reasons. It doesn’t make me, or you, a bad person.  Just someone who is not reaching their potential.  So what did I do about it?
I decided that I CHOOSE to reach my goals.  I have chosen a growth rate that I feel pushes me just enough to be a bit scary… And the more I do, the easier it gets.
The key to achieving your goals is to choose the right path, cover it in passion for what you are doing and get started…. And when is NOW a good time to get going?
Choose a mentor who is a great role model, someone who really inspires you. Find someone to hold you accountable.

A neat trick is to tell your nearest and dearest that you are taking them on that dream holiday (and set a date you can achieve), then see how focused you are to hit the target!
Live in results, it’s more fun there!"
If you would like to do something about achieving your results, call Alex on 07766 080770 or email alex@alexpetty.biz

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Alex Petty - 
Owner & Business Coach
Alex Petty Performance Coaching