When we offer nothing but excuses, we are not being honest with anyone, mostly ourselves.
Excuses may seem like a rational reason for not doing something, but if we’re not careful we can allow them to stop us from reaching our goals. Too often we accept our excuses as reasons why we cannot accomplish what we set out to do. Instead of finding alternatives, we give up. If we are honest with ourselves and take responsibility for our choices, we will start to notice we no longer give excuses. When we keep our minds focused on our goals and dreams, we will find those excuses fade away in the light of our priorities, and issues become challenges that can help us become wiser and stronger.
Sometimes we may give others excuses rather than being fully honest. We may think it is kind to tell someone we are willing to do something with them, whether work or play, but then keep putting them off. This diverts our energy into keeping the truth at a distance while continuing a falsehood. When we can take responsibility for our feelings and express them honestly, but gently, the other person is free to find someone who is better suited to accompany them while we are free to pursue the things we like. When we can do this, our energy can be invested in building better lives and relationships.
There’s another way in which excuses rob us of energy — and that is in the power of our thoughts and words. If we find ourselves in a situation, for example, where we are being asked for a financial contribution but we use the excuse that we can’t afford it, we create and attract lack and limitation into our lives.
The same goes for seemingly simple things like pretending to not feel well or any other false statement. We may think that excuses make things easier, but they complicate matters with smokescreens. When we can commit to our priorities, take responsibility for our choices, and communicate them honestly to others, there will be no need to make excuses, and we will have much more energy to dedicate to all the things we love.
Author: Madison Taylor