Defining excuses

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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'I’m just not inspired'

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.

'I just can’t change'

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.

This excuse means that you lack creativity, inspiration, and desire. 
You could also lack a willingness to work harder to achieve your goals.
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.

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.

We make excuses for the following key reasons:

  • Fear of Failure
  • Fear of Embarrassment
  • Fear of Success
  • Fear of Change
  • Fear of Uncertainty
  • Fear of Responsibility
  • Fear of Making Mistakes
  • Perceived lack of confidence or resources
To successfully eliminate excuses we must first consider removing all traces of fear. Fear paralyzes us and prevents forward movement in all areas of our lives.

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.

'Not enough money'
This excuse means that you don’t consider money to be a priority or that you lack the desire, determination, persistence or patience needed to achieve financial security. You might be lacking strategy or ideas to help you reach your financial objectives.
Commit to reading books about improving your finances or get a mentor.

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 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. 

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.

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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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Excuses

People use excuses to rationalize their actions regarding their circumstances, their actions toward other people, and regarding certain events. It is also one of the primary reasons why people are unable to accomplish what they want out of life.

Common Errors While In The Company of Others
  1. Talking about yourself too much.
  2. Asking questions only for the sake of discovering secrets and expose someone else's mistakes.
  3. Telling a scripted story and being oblivious to the fact that other people don't care or being aware that others don't care, but still continues to tell the story.
  4. Seeing a conversation as a possible chance to debate or fight. It makes other people walk on eggshells in order to avoid disputes.
  5. Mocking someone for their misfortunes, defects, and deformities of any kind.

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