Get Rid Of Your But…

It’s a new year with new opportunities to make 2019 your most successful year yet – and the first step is to get rid of the ‘but’ in your vocabulary and stop making excuses.

Many times I find people give excuses without evening knowing it by making statements such as, “Last year my goal was to double my profits, but…” followed by placing blame on another person or situation for not accomplishing their goal. By making ‘but’ statements, you avoid taking ownership for your results. Rather, you should take a look in the mirror and take ownership for your outcomes to learn from any failures in order to improve in the future.

All successful businesspeople have one thing in common – they take ownership and accountability for their choices and don’t place blame for their failures onto others. In business, we learn nothing if we place blame and make excuses as to why we didn’t reach our previous year’s goals.

Excuses may seem like an easy way out, but they can doom us to repeat our failures if we don’t learn from them.

I encourage you to reflect on any goals you didn’t achieve or significant shortcomings you experienced last year and identify 3 key things for 2019:

  1. What do I need to do more of?
  2. What do I need to do less of?
  3. What do I need to do to stay the same?

When you take full responsibility for your outcomes only then do you have the opportunity to take the necessary steps to reach your business goals and make your dreams a reality.

2019 is going to be your best year.  No ifs, ands or BUTS about it!


Read past articles in Greg’s Million Dollar Mindset at Promo Marketing Magazine


AboutGreg Muzzillo, Founder of Proforma

Greg Muzzillo started Proforma as an industry distributor in 1978. The company grew quickly and in the early 1980s Proforma was recognized for three consecutive years on Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies in North America. In the late 1980’s Proforma introduced its membership program to enable distributors to retain their business ownership and independence, and to share in sales and marketing resources, purchasing power with industry suppliers, one back office including all billing, accounting, vendor payments, cash flow, computer systems and more. Today Proforma has more than 750 members with over $500 million in sales. Proforma has over 100 members in its Million Dollar Club and more than 40 members in its Multi-Million Dollar Club (With sales ranging from $2 million to over $26 million). In 2014, eight Proforma members were named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 List of the 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.

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