Quit Looking For Excuses (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 20)
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
— Benjamin Franklin
There is no such thing as too tired, too hard, too late, too early, too easy, too much, too little or too old — those are just plain old excuses. These are little lies that people tell when they lack the mental fortitude, motivation, or will to do something. You can let the excitement and creativity of the world pass you by, or you can stop hiding from life and start living life.
No one is obligated or required to help you, aid you, rescue you, or coddle you. There are some situations in which you need help. But there are very many situations in which you can quite adequately help yourself. If you are a normally developed individual, you can be on time for work 99% of the time if you choose to be. “Being on time is just not part of my nature” is not an excuse. Excuses are weak tools with which purposeless people attempt to build for themselves gutted castles. What’s the point of a house if nobody lives there and nothing is in it.
Quit looking for ways to get out of doing the things you know you should do. We often deceive our minds into thinking we are incapable of doing some perfectly simple task. We place limits on ourselves when we make excuses for imagining that things are impossible. You’re destined to be a failure if you never own up to your mistakes. A failure acknowledged is often a lesson learned.
If you keep looking for sympathy as a justification or way out for your behavior and actions, you will probably find it. There are plenty of people who take excuses and believe lies and also never get anywhere. But the problem with looking for an excuse is that sooner or later, you will run up on someone who will leave you standing all by yourself. You see, taking on the drama of other people is also an excuse for those who don’t desire to take control of themselves.
Quit looking for excuses. Start looking for opportunities. Quit looking for sympathy. Start looking for significance in life. You shouldn’t allow something so small like excuses limit you from climbing higher and block you from reaching your goals. The next time you don’t feel like going to work or going to the gym or developing relationships, smack those excuses in the face and do it anyway.
“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
— Steve Maraboli