I have a lot of excuses. Believe me. If I don’t have a real one, I can whip up something off the top of my head if necessary. I bet you have excuses too. Most of us are better than we need to be explaining why we don’t do something that we want, or should, do.
Excuses begin early in life and stay with us until we die. Age only enables us to perfect the practice. We all just need to stop it.
High achievers amaze me. Yes, sometimes a person is just really smart, or very talented. I won’t deny that. I’ve known people who found most things easy, or at least easier than other people’s experience. Still, much of what human beings accomplish isn’t always the result of intelligence of talent. I know some pretty smart, talented people who haven’t done much at all. Instead, they have excuses.
I cannot explain how one person, with the same 24-hours in a day, manages to do so much more than the next guy. Except that Mr. Next Guy is full of excuses while the other one just gets on with things.
People say, “I don’t have time.” Long ago, I came to believe that we all have time to do whatever we want to do. Yes, we all bump into those legitimate excuses like illness or things truly out of our control. But for most of us, that’s not every day. I once heard a motivational speaker say that we make a huge mistake in our thinking about motivation. We look at one person, high-achiever, busy, always doing things, and we say, “Wow, that guy is really motivated.” Then we look at another person who just sits around, inactive, wasting time, and we say about that person, “Wow, that guy just isn’t motivated.” He said we’re wrong. The truth is that both people are motivated. It’s just that one is motivated to do something and the other one is motivated to sit around doing nothing.
So what’s your excuse? Every one of us has something we say we’d like to do, should do, need to do. We have things we’d like to accomplish or learn. Why aren’t you doing them? Don’t have time? Wrong. You know that’s not true. You have time do whatever you’re doing except what you say you’d like to do. The truth is you want to do something else more, even if it’s just to stare at the TV. The first step at eliminating excuses is to identify them.
For me, I’ve never found an easy way to overcome excuses. They are pretty powerful little critters. They attach themselves to our mind, emotions, energy, and will. There is no simple answer requiring no effort. Excuses are tough to overcome. I guess that could become the next excuse.
So I’ll just challenge you to join me in the battle. If you think I’ve got the excuse thing all worked out, you’d be wrong. It’s a daily battle. If you are an excuse maker, I can only say welcome to my world. But both you and I are better than our excuses. It’s a daily fight, but you won’t beat your excuses unless you get up, toss your excuses away, and get on with things.
Are you resisting what I’m saying. Stop it. That’s your excuse-making mind setting you up for more inaction. I wish you well in your personal war against excuses.
On a personal level, if you’re wondering why I’m writing about excuses, I’d suggest you look at the date this article was published, then look at the date of the last article in this blog. I don’t really have an excuse for the gap. Well…. I do, but none of them are legitimate.