Excuses are nothing but little, seemingly innocuous lies that we repeat to ourselves. They are really just skillfully engineered justifications that we tell ourselves and others in our proximity to rationalize our actions or more commonly our lack of action. As Jim Rohn said, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
You may tell yourself that you are busy, you don’t have the necessary skills, you don’t have enough time, you don’t have enough money or resources, that you’re too old, or you’re too young, or you don’t have the essential knowledge to make your biggest dreams come true. But these words are nothing but deadly traps that keep you away from fulfilling your potential.
Our irrational fears, unfortunately, drive us to make these excuses, and we use them generously to hide in the shadows instead of showing up in the arena of life. We know deep down that we’re better than that, but still, we use excuses to sell ourselves short and avoid the important work required to live our best personal and professional lives. Here’s a key insight: The quality of your life is directly proportional to your ability to eliminate your excuses.
Excuses are akin to weeds. As we tend the garden of our life, even if we eliminate them once, it’s next to impossible to stop them from popping back up. That’s why we need to be extremely self-aware and highly vigilant. We have to commit to protecting our precious resources and annihilating our excuses whenever they show up. When we do that, we embrace our personal power and equip ourselves to tap into our inner genius. We gain freedom and position ourselves to make the most of our resources, helping us design the life that we truly desire.