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Push Off Flaws, Be Less Productive: How To Stop Making Excuses
It's easy to make excuses instead of facing the truth as to why you haven't hit your goals. Why are we so quick to push off blame instead owning our pitfalls? Explore the reasons why it's so tempting, and how you can rewire your brain to avoid it and be more productive.

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Excuse-making

It's a defense mechanism you use in the battle between your positive self-identity and the common challenges of everyday life.

This habit comes down to an inherent need to protect your...

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The self-serving bias

It encourages you to claim your successes and to deflect your failures.

When something good happens, you take the credit, but when something bad happens, you blame it on s...

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Common types of excuses

  • Lies: This is one of the worst types of excuses—a straight-up lie.
  • Self-handicapping excuses: Such as “I don’t have the skills to do that”, or “That’s not ...

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Hold yourself accountable

... in the face of easy excuses:
  • Figure out exactly why you are making them. 
  • Build better brain habits. Excuse-making is a subconscious process, and breaking a habit...

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The Fear Trap

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'There’s just not enough time'

This excuse means a lack of desire, focus, discipline, and direction.
It suggests the wrong priorities or time management problems. It could also indicate laziness or procrastination.

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Ask "Is This True?"

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Reflect On Your Excuses

At the end of each day, take a few minutes to look back on the excuses made that day, and try to figure out why you made them. 

Look for better ways to approach them.

Find People To Call You Out

Surround yourself with people who will hold you responsible for your excuses. 

Find someone who will check in on you each day to ensure you met your goals.