When You Make Excuses You Chain Yourself To Mediocrity

When You Make Excuses You Chain Yourself To Mediocrity


When You Make Excuses You Chain Yourself To Mediocrity…

When something is important to you, you will find a way to make it happen or get it done.  When something is important and you know you should do something, but do not, you make excuses.  I see this every day of my life.  People use excuses to justify lack of action and many people use many excuses.

“I cannot lose weight because of x, y, z…”

“I cannot get a better paying job because of x, y, z…”

“I cannot get ahead because of x, y, z…”

And my favorite excuse (and the biggest lie) of all time…”I can’t get more done because I just don’t have time.”

What if we decided to commit ourselves to a single positive action instead of allowing ourselves to wallow in the mud of making excuses?   What if instead of complaining about the lack of time, we committed to getting a little more organized and learned about time management?

There was a period in my life when I was the king of using excuses to justify my mediocrity.  When I stopped and took responsibility, my life changed for ever.  I wrote down specific things I wanted to achieve and I designed a plan to reach my goals.  Every time I failed I would say out loud, “I didn’t do my best, but I will this time.”  And off I went to try harder.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are legit reasons that might make reaching goals more difficult for some.  For instance, a reason someone might have a hard time running is that they have had both legs amputated.  But if that person decided to run a mile, they could do so by running on their hands.  I’ve actually watched a video on Facebook about this very story.

I’ve also watched a guy with no hands type with his feet.  And a man with no arms play the guitar with his toes.

I believe anyone is capable of accomplishing anything.  It might take them longer.  It might take more than one attempt.  They might have to demonstrate more resolve.  They might experience more failed attempts.  But they can do it.

In the end, people have extraordinary abilities as long as they don’t limit themselves by making excuses.



9 thoughts on “When You Make Excuses You Chain Yourself To Mediocrity

    1. I have to give myself the pep talks every now and again. It is easy to fall back on excuses but in the end I have to take responsibility for my efforts.

  1. I’m always making excuses. I started writing my first book three years ago and it’s still not finished. I procrastinate everyday. I do everything else but write the bloody book. I’ve too much housework, I’ve to go shopping, I’ve to look after me ma…My final excuse was that the book was a pile of shite and not worth writing because no one would read it anyway…my atoz last month has given me a bit of confidence so I’m heading back over now to see if I can salvage the book. Thanks for your inspiring post. xxx

    1. It makes me happy to know you are going to revisit your writing. Don’t rob the world of your creativity! Plus the accomplishment of finishing it will do wonders for the ole ego! 🙂

  2. Excellent points. I think part of the issue is we have trouble zeroing in on (and defining) what is important to us vs what is urgent. I know I can do what I set my mind on, but I also recognize there are people in my life who come first. It’s a balancing act! I don’t want to reach the top of a ladder only to realize I climbed the wrong one.

  3. very good Danny! I remember that my coach in Canada , Belinda Trussell, said that after the 2004 Olympics ( in which she rode for Canada in dressage) she was at an interview of athletes and heard a para athlete. He had only one leg and competed in a race that involved jumping hurdles. He said it was just like life, it all depended on how you jumped the hurdles not how big they were. She told me she said to herself” this guy only has one leg and he has a philosophy that fits his sport and his life. I need to get over thinking that I have problems and learn to jump!”

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