Excuses.  How often do make you make excuses in your life?  Excuses stop your personal development and allow you to accept behavior that is not productive.  As long as you use excuses, you are not taking ownership of your life.

One of my favorite quotes about excuses is from Pope John Paul II “An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.”  I believe what he is saying that when you make an excuse for something, you are lying to yourself instead of dealing of with the underlying issue.

Let’s look at two of the most common excuses and what could be the underlying issues that isn’t being dealt with:

  • I don’t have the time.  Everyone has 24 hours in a day.  You choose how to use your time.  If you don’t have time for something, it is because you chose to use your time to do something else.  This could be because you procrastinated instead of doing it, it could be that allowed interruptions to change your plans or you decided it wasn’t truly important to you at the time.  Whatever the cause, you had the time, you just didn’t do it.
  • I forgot.  With all the technology available, it is hard to forget something you have to do.  With smart phones, on line calendars, daily lists, etc. there is really no reason to forget something.

These are just two of the excuse that holds you back from achieving your goals and dream life.   Another quote that I use to illustrate how excuses impede your growth is from Bo Bennett who says “An excuse becomes an obstacle in your journey to success when it is made in place of your best effort or when it is used as the object of the blame.”

Take a look at your life today and see if excuses are impeding your path to where you want to be in life.  If it is, start looking at what are the underlying causes of the excuses and start owning your life.

Let me know your thoughts and how you are doing by leaving a comment below.


4 thoughts on “Excuses

  1. Great post Donald, and I love the quote from Pope John Paul II. I add to that a quote from John Maxwell about excuses: ‘It’s much easier to go from failure to success than it is to go from excuses to success’

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