There's no good reason for excuses. Excuses don't accomplish anything. Benjamin Franklin said "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." They stop us from improving our self and from doing what needs to be done. They only lead to failure, not success. Rudyard Kipling said "We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse." Merriam Webster defines an excuse as a reason that you give to explain a mistake or bad behavior, reasons that you give to explain why you cannot do something or something that explains improper behavior and makes it acceptable. Though most of us still make excuses. Why do we make excuses when they're so self-defeating?


Many of us were raised in families that didn't take responsibility or blamed others. We live is a society that doesn't take responsibility and blames others. Blaming others seems easier than taking responsibility. It's easier to see shortcomings in others than in ourselves. George Patton said "Don't make excuses, whether it's your fault or not." Taking responsibility and being accountable is hard work. Admitting we're wrong or need improvement is difficult. Many of us have too much ego, pride, arrogance, self-righteous and lack humility. Being honest with our self is difficult. Working on our self and our shortcomings is hard work. Henry Ward Beecher said "Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself." Though taking the seemingly easier road now is usually harder later. Taking the hard road, not making excuses, taking responsibility and doing what needs to be done is harder. Florence Nightingale said "I attribute my success to this; I never gave or took any excuse." Though taking the hard road now leads to the easier, more fruitful road later. Jack Canfield said "Remember, you and you alone are responsible for maintaining your energy. Give up blaming, complaining and excuse making, and keep taking action in the direction of your goals, however mundane or lofty they may be."Tony Robbins said "Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant."


So are you making excuses? Why? It's only hurting and not helping you and others. John Wooden said "Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them." Making excuses are not helping you be a better person, accomplish what needs to be accomplished or be more successful. George Washington said " It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one." So if you want to be a better person, accomplish more and be more successful, stop making excuses. John Maxwell said "It is easier to move from failure to success than from excuses to success."Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Here's to your success.






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