Blame Yourself.

It's not over until you say it's over. You're not finished until you decide you are through.

The easy truth about hard choices is that you're the only one who gets to decide if you're successful or not.

No matter what success looks like to you -- landing that perfect job, making a relationship work, or navigating a tricky corporate decision -- you determine if you get there or not.

You're going to fail along the way.

No matter how smart you are or how well you think through your plan, you're going to try and fail and have to decide whether you want to keep trying again or not.

And while the obvious decision for an outcome you care about deeply is to keep trying, the easy decision is to make an excuse and give up.

You blame God, the economy, your upbringing, bank account balance, or that "it just wasn't meant to be".

The people around you aren't going to challenge you, because they're making the same stupid excuses themselves.

They aren't going to push you to keep fighting because they aren't fighting themselves.

They've given up on themselves.

And so over time and after a track record of brilliant excuses, you forget that everything you are and everything you will be is a direct result of the hard work and focus you devote to your craft -- when making excuses is an altogether less uncomfortable option.

Just because you're down-and-out doesn't mean you need to stay that way. Just because you're not where you want to be right now doesn't mean you won't get there with a little bit more hard work.

Look up. Stand up. Move.