Get Your BIG BUTT (Excuses) Out of the Way!

by CHERYL GNAD on February 19, 2015

BIG BUTT are your excuses

Get Your BIG BUTT (Excuses) Out of the Way!

In other words – Stop thinking up your EXCUSES!

Recently, I was talking to my Upline Mentor in my other small business that I have, where I realized that I have “A BIG BUTT/BUT” or excuses in my thinking! Yes, I can imagine that your mind went to the BUTT – like the one that you sit on! But (there it is again!) it isn’t that one! This thinking is what some people call “EXCUSE” thinking.

I know you’ve heard of the saying “Get your big butt/but out of the way!”  and it is so true! If you are in a network marketing business you must go out and  meet new people, your “prospects”,  and you immediately will hear it!  “Yes, it sounds nice, BUT I can’t/don’t….(come, sell, talk to people, have the money, etc, whatever the excuse is).

This response can happen at any time in any business challenge! Even I have said it! I said it just the other day! Granted, I have taken a different path in life; a difficult one for me 2 years ago. And last year I added a health problem into the picture, as well.  I have been in an MLM/networking business for 11 years this March and it has had its up and downs. The main reason I got into it was to better myself at selling. Selling is one of the best ways to become a well rounded, confident person. This was my main goal!  Something I felt I desperately needed. Instead,  because of my up-bringing and the problems it generated, I only punished myself MORE in this business. I  wanted so much to get answers and I was feeling like I wasn’t improving myself and became very low and depressed because of the LACK of success that I wanted. I didn’t realize that I WAS ACTUALLY learning all of the right stuff to feel and be great! That is just it. I – didn’t – realize. I wasn’t aware. I didn’t ALLOW the good to become MY success story. That is a BIG step in the path of anyone’s growth. You MUST become AWARE and ACCEPTING of your successes! It took well over 2 years of psycho-therapy to become aware, and know my reasons for not “seeing” my growth and loving myself as I should. I saw many of the limitations that I put on myself.  These were many of the “BIG BUT(T)s” or excuses that I had. For many, they were REAL!  For instance, see if you recognize any of these in yourself:

Do YOU or does someone else you know have a BIG BUTT/BUT like these?

  • …but I don’t have time!
  • …but I don’t want to be pushy!
  • …but they didn’t work at it!
  • …but I don’t know anyone!
  • …but I don’t like to sell.
  • …but I don’t know…..
  • …but I’ve heard all kinds of stories that….
  • …but I don’t know how to….
  • …but I asked all of family and friends and they all….(disliked, didn’t think, said it is a scam, etc)
  • …but she/he didn’t answer the phone. I called 2x!
  • …but they stood me up and did a No-show!
  • …but they said they would TRY to come.

What are some of the “BUT(T)s” or excuses that you’ve come across? Are you recognizing some? I hope so, because that IS the beginning of growth. Do share some in the comments below.  Tell how you worked around or through them!

In my next blog, I will share on HOW to get rid of that BIG BUTT/BUT or excuses and to recognize them faster by listening to yourself before you act on what you have been saying! Look for:  Get Past Your Excuses


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Written by CHERYL GNAD


Cheryl Gnad, of owner/social media consultant with Social Focus by CG, offers coaching and consulting for small businesses looking to incorporate social media into their advertising strategies. She is a self-developed business owner, and a trained social media manager with names like Kate Buck Jr., Amy Porterfield, Kim Garst and Sandi Krakowski. Follow her on Facebook at Social Focus by CG, Twitter@SocialFocusbyCG, and on Linkedin.

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Roslyn Tanner Evans February 20, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Just had this conversation where I ffered my thinking why I didnt use a topic as the blog focus. My listener heard it as an excuse. We went back & forth & got no where. I think its really if you are using it to stop you from taking action. I hadn’t. Just my picture looked/read different from hers. Interesting & always open to exploring new perspectives.


CHERYL GNAD February 23, 2015 at 1:09 PM

Roslyn, nothing wrong with a difference of opinion. What SHE heard was an excuse, but you took action, like you said. Just another point of view, perhaps another path for you. It does sound like you were listening for your “buts” and you saw that it was just informing you of another option! Good thinking. Awareness is important. You were! Good job.


Carol Rundle February 20, 2015 at 10:44 PM

Thank you, Cheryl, this was really helpful. I’m looking forward to the next installment.


CHERYL GNAD February 23, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Carol, the next follow up blog is out! I hope you see how these work together. It surprised me one time in conversation with my mentor when I was saying why I wasn’t doing something. I HEARD that BIG BUTT come out “loud and clear”! So much so I had to laugh and evaluate. Was I offering an excuse or was it real. This is how I came up with this blog topic. Part 2 gives only one of a millions of ways to think through the process of working beyond any excuse. I hope you enjoy it!


Lorii Abela March 1, 2015 at 8:58 AM

Thanks for sharing this very informative article. It sounds very interesting and valuable to anyone, I look forward to the next article to be published,


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