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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 my job.”
  • Blame-shifting excuses: Instead of putting the blame on your lack of abilities, you accuse external factors for your missteps or lack of performance.

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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 ego.

... 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 requires conscious effort.
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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 something out of your control.

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Excuses are rationalizations we make to ourselves about people, events, and circumstances. 

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When you are disappointed, you have two choices on how to respond:  You can find out how you could have done it differently, or you can tell yourself that you were not at fault.

Shifting the blame has a negative cascading effect on how you behave in the future.

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Ask "Is This True?"

An excuse is often masking the real, but hidden reason you're avoiding doing something.

If you catch yourself making an excuse, ask yourself if it is true, to discover what lies behind the excuse.

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