Are You Living a Life of Endless Excuses? Here's How to Stop!
Excuses are rationalizations we make to ourselves about people, events, and circumstances.
They are invented reasons we create to defend our behavior, to postpone taking action or simply as a means of neglecting responsibility.
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We make excuses for the following key reasons:
This excuse means you lack understanding, confidence or perspective.
It might be more difficult but persist and challenge yourself to think outside the box. Learn from your failures and adapt accordingly.
This excuse means that you lack confidence in your ability to achieve your goal.
It also means you haven’t taken the time to gain the experience or education to understand what is required.
To combat this, read books, gain experience or ask for help.
This excuse shows that you might lack motivation and a reason to change. We are always pulled forward by the desire for pleasure or pushed forward by the desire to avoid pain.
Write down the potential benefits as well as the negative consequences for not making the change.
This excuse means you lack understanding, confidence, knowledge, and experience.
Commit yourself to gain the knowledge and understanding about the thing you fear, to build the confidence you need to move forward.
It could be a lame excuse that means you lack perspective, information, and the necessary resources.
Make it a primary objective to acquire the necessary resources you need to help transform your perspective and achieve your goals.
This excuse shows you’re either lacking perspective, or you’re paralyzed by fear.
Identify the underlying fears that are preventing you from moving forward.
This excuse shows you lack self-belief, motivation, creativity, patience, perspective, or the determination you need to succeed.
All these qualities are essential for everything of value that you would like to build in your life.
This excuse means you’ve got poor habits that lead to a lack of self-discipline. Consider what kind of habits, routines and daily rituals you partake in throughout the day.
For instance, a lack of sleep could be the reason why you’re feeling so tired and lack inspiration.
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The main reason why we are having a hard time declining other people's requests is that we are afraid to be rejected. We are afraid that people might think negatively.
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.
Making excuses allows you to externalize your failures and blame something else. It also demotivates you when you feel the outcomes in your life are out of your control.
Taking up responsibility does the opposite: It leads to introspection where you can analyze what you could have done differently. It will motivate you to work better and harder.
It all comes down to the stories you tell yourself when you feel overwhelmed or fail.
If you work too much and don’t have time for fun, do you tell yourself that people demand too much from you? Or, do you tell yourself you don’t prioritize your own time well enough?
In one story you are in control, and the other you are not. Focus on the story you can control.