In 8th grade I was notoriously late for class. But my sly attitude and smooth talking skills would always get me free. Until I was moved into P.E. with Mr. Quinn.
Mr. Quinn was the cool teacher that most kids enjoyed. But after strolling up 2 minutes after the bell, he said sternly, “Dale you're late.” Of which I began to slur out some excuse for my tardiness. He quickly cut me off by tossing me a leather bound book titled “Excuses: The Tales of Students Without Integrity”. I opened the book to find (literally) thousands of excuses written on blank pages from students over the years.
At the time, it was kind of funny. But as I look back, it taught me a lesson I'll never forget.
Nobody likes people who make excuses.
You either say what you do and do what you say, or you don't. You either build a reputation of completion and follow through, or you fail. You either have integrity to fulfill the commitment, or you give up.
Many of us leave our dreams, desires, and even small changes in our lives to fall by the wayside simply because we lack the integrity to follow through. We're weak. We're lazy. And…
We make excuses.
Our life is either too hard, we don't have enough time, we don't know how, or my favorite… I don't feel like it right now.
But let me tell you this. When you look back on your life 30 years from now, it will be made up of two things: The things you did. And the excuses you made.
Are you not happy with your life? Are you still struggling financially in your 30's? Are you depressed or struggling to beat anxiety or addiction? Are you still overweight despite numerous attempts at getting healthy? Answer me this: Why?
If your words were the opening lines to a world class excuse, save it. Write in a book and read it to yourself 10 years from now.
Stop making excuses. True strength is the ability to eliminate excuses. You must do what others won't if you want to achieve what others don't
The video below features a guy who has every reason to make an excuse. He's broken, poor, and riddled with a past of harmful decisions. But it's not stopping him from change. He gave no excuse. Instead, he took action.
What excuses do you make? How do you plan to eliminate them starting today? Let me know in the comments below.
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