Think of an excuse for not doing something you know you should. We usually make excuses because we don’t want to do something, we are rationalizing why we are not doing what we want to do, or we don’t want to feel at fault. Now, like me some of you might say how is an excuse different from a reason? So, I did your homework for you : ) Apparently a reason is based on fact and underlying evidence whereas an excuse is an attempt to lessen blame.
What are your excuses for not doing something or acting in way that you know you should? I’ll help you by sharing some that I’ve used in the past:
I’m too busy
I’m too tired
I’m not sure if it’s a good idea.
I don’t know how to start.
I don’t do things like that.
Now is not the right time.
I’m not good at…
It’s nothing they haven’t heard before.
Some of these might resonate with you and that’s great because now you know you’re not alone. The thing is that most excuses are just poor justifications for not moving us forward to be the person we really can and want to be.
Today, think about something you really want to do and write down all the excuses that you’ve made for not taking action. Then say them out loud so you can hear yourself. This might sound silly and that’s my point. Hopefully hearing them out loud will make you realize how ridiculous the excuses are and how you can begin to take steps to overcome them.