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How To Keep Excuses From Hindering Your Success

These women don't let their "buts" hold them back.
07/24/2015 04:14pm ET | Updated July 24, 2015


We make a lot of promises to ourselves. However, there always seems to be a "but" that gets in our way of achieving true success.

Natalie Hodge, the author of The Biggest But In The World, joined HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd to discuss how you can understand what your biggest "buts" are and subsequently find that deeper motivation you need to reach success.

"Buts are the excuses we create to basically relieve ourselves of the responsibility of tackling buts," Hodge said. "You have to focus on the goal and not the hole. You focus on what you want to be and what you want to do as opposed to what's not happening. And you give yourself the opportunity to just move forward past things, challenges in your life that you think may have prevented you from getting there in the past."

One of the central phrases Hodge uses in her book as a motivational tool for readers (and herself) is "guts, not buts." She expressed that we all need to believe in ourselves in order to accomplish what we want in life.

"We are limitless in our capabilities, and we just have to know that going into each day, into each moment, into each challenge, that we're able to do these things that we want to do," she said. "We just have to calm the nerves and move on."

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation in the video above to hear more from Hodge about getting past your "buts."

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