Stop Making Excuses

“It’s better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”

-George Washington

Stop making excuses:

We all make excuses once in a while and we can always find a reason not to pursue our dreams and our goals and not to take action. The excuses we make are rationalizations that we make to ourselves about events, people, and circumstances. We create invented reasons to defend our behavior, to avoid responsibility or neglect a particular kind of action.

Some of the Most Common Excuses we use maybe even daily are:

• “It’s too hard”

• “I don’t have enough time.

• “I’ll start tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.”

• “I’m too tired.

• “I don’t have enough money.”

• “It’s not meant to be.

• “I’m too old.” or “I’m too young.”

• “I’m not talented.

• “I’m not smart enough.”

• “What if I fail?

• “It’s too risky.” or “I’m too scared.”

• “I don’t know where to start.” or “I don’t have the guts.

And these are just a few of the excuses we always find. We use these excuses to justify why we are not pursuing what we want in life. We can only succeed when we stop telling ourselves why we can’t, and start living a life that shows we can.


Organize Your Priorities

What is important for you at this moment? To expand your finances? To improve the quality of your relationships? To improve your skills? To pursue a certain goal? To succeed financially?

Priorities will clear up the need for excuse making. They simplify the process of taking decisions with conflicting values. Which priorities ranks higher? Define what your priorities are.

It’s very important to define what are you major and minor focuses. A major focus should get any extra attention you have. If you split your priorities into a single major focus and several minor focuses, it gets harder to make out excuses. Whenever a conflict arises where you would normally offer an excuse, you can simply think of your priorities. When your priorities are clear, it is difficult to justify departing from them.

“Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.”

-John Wooden


Get Focused on Opportunities and Solutions

To eradicate excuses from our lives we must begin focusing on opportunities, solutions and the things that did work and not on problems, regrets or things that didn’t work. This will immediately transform our perspective of the situation at hand.

Look for Alternative Perspectives

The excuses we make are often a result of a lack of perspective which prevents us from seeing the bigger picture. Seek alternate perspective by asking others for their comments, opinions, and feedback. Understand how they see the situation before you commit to making your excuses.

Focus on Your Strengths

Instead of making excuses and focusing on how incapable we are, we should focus on our strengths and how we can use them to make the best of every situation.

Cultivate Qualities

To overcome excuses always cultivate optimism, confidence, patience and persistence.


“We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.”

-Rudyard Kipling


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