Instead of making commitments, many of us make excuses — excuses for why we supposedly can’t do the things we want to do in our lives and careers. In all the years I have been speaking and coaching, I have heard just about every imaginable excuse. But excuses are nothing more than self-created obstacles crafted to keep us from moving forward for a variety of reasons. Benjamin Franklin said: “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
Unfortunately, making excuses can become a habit, a way of life. Some folks have honed it to an art form. Instead of planning and taking action, they make an excuse. We make excuses to protect ourselves from feelings of failure and fear. They help us to avoid unpleasant situations and mask our perceived shortcomings. The bottom line is that excuses keep us from succeeding.
Where there is a will there is always a way. Life is short and unpredictable. Create a plan for your future, take responsibility for your decisions and your actions, and get on with your life. Stop making excuses and start taking action today.
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