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Identifying Your Excuses

Identifying Your Excuses

Identifying Your Excuses

Identifying Your Excuses

While you are waiting to find an easy way – or the perfect time – someone else is already getting results because they decided making progress is more important than making excuses. ~Zero Dean

Excuses are rationalizations we make to ourselves and others about people, events and circumstances. In effect, excuses are a relatively painless way to place blame for internal problems on external circumstances.

Why do we make excuses? Fear mostly. We’re afraid of failing, being embarrassed, success, change, or uncertainty. The list goes on from there. We lack discipline and focus which leads us to procrastinate. We say our lack of resources are holding us back, but is that really even true?

We need to identify our excuses and change them. The hardest part is admitting that we are making excuses. They are a bad habit, but a habit that can be changed with some patience and determination.

Think about the tasks, commitments, decisions or life changes that you have been putting off. Write them down. Then take some time and write down “why” you’ve been putting them off. In most cases, you’ll find that you either really don’t want to do it or it’s really some kind of fear that is holding you back. You’ll notice you tend to hide behind things that appear as legitimate excuses such as money, time ability, responsibility, family or kids. And guess what, 99% of the time these excuses that you are using don’t manifest the experience.

It’s time to turn those excuses around. Start by crossing off an excuse and writing down a reason why you CAN do something. Show yourself that change is possible.

Share with me how you feel about this exercise below. I’d love to hear your thoughts on identifying you excuses!

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