Updated: Mar 3, 2020
That Benjamin Franklin guy, you know, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence, and a lot of other crazy cool things, once said, "If you're really good at making excuses, you will rarely be good at anything at all." Point is this: Excuses can take us down!
I get it, stuff happens a lot of times which is out of our control and well, there you have it, an excuse for why something happened.
Example: While driving to an appointment, I was stopped by a train. Result, I was late to my appointment. The train, (a long one) was my excuse for being late. In the big pic of life, that truly is a legit excuse. However, Ben Franklin was really talking about people who have the chronic habit of making excuses over and over instead of finding SOLUTIONS.
Let's say you are trying to get healthier and you give in to that leftover piece of cake? Oops! Or do you frequently procrastinate on tasks that you know are important?
As humans, we are fantastic at picking from a wide range of excuses to limit our potential. From avoiding the gym to studying for an exam, it's easy to come up with excuses about why we can't follow through on things.
The truth is: We all make excuses from time to time. This is a simple habit but a bad habit that we use to rationalize “why” we didn't follow through on a specific commitment.
That said, if you've developed a bad habit where you make excuses all the time, then it might be time to curb this behavior and of course, not make excuses about why you can't start today.