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“Often, people fall back on excuses and give up on trying to reach their goals,” says business strategist Dan Waldschmidt, author of “Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Achieve Outrageous Success.” Follow these tips to trick yourself out of making excuses and to lead you down a more successful path in business and in life.

1. Stop blaming others for everything

Waldschmidt says that it’s the small-minded people who are “cranky and eager to point out others’ mistakes.” This tactic is only used by low-achievers to take the spotlight off their own failure. So don’t blame others, it’s purely lazy.

2. Don’t waste time on meaningless activities

Put time in for your boss because that matters, explains Waldschmidt. What doesn’t matter is television, certain meetings that suck time out of your and anything else that gets in the way of productivity. He says to replace entertainment with any activity that meets your goal.

3. Kick self-doubt to the curb

Waldschmidt says that we’re alive to succeed. If you let your past failures creep into your current work, you won’t get anywhere.

4. Learn lessons for next time

Ask yourself, “What can I do differently next time?” and then actually do things differently, according to Waldschmidt. “Learn from mistakes and use the lessons to dominate,” he adds.

5. Proactively invest in your passion

If exercise helps you clear your head and work harder, then do it. Invest in activities that help you feel good about yourself and your goals, so that you don’t have any excuses for not achieving them.

6. Recognize a bad attitude and apologize for it

If you get into a funk, apologize to yourself and those around you and you’ll snap out of it quickly, Waldschmidt says. When you learn to genuinely recognize how your mood is affecting yourself and others’ ability to get things done, you’ll change.