Excuses are Well Thought Out Lies

Having great friends who encourage and challenge you in good ways is a must in life.

Conversations will always yield great nuggets of truth that build you up.

Case in point: I was speaking with a like-minded sister girlfriend and fellow go-getter last week. As we talked about all our goals and challenges that we need to overcome in this New Year she said the following statement:


Now I don’t know if she was quoting someone else, but I’m certainly quoting her!!

I was blown away by the powerful simplicity and simultaneous depth of the statement.

If I’m being honest (and I usually am!) so many of the obstacles that I encounter are definitely self-made. Reasons for not accomplishing a task or goal always seem to have validity in the moment. But then I let it linger and it develops into a long-term excuse. Closer examination typically reveals that my excuses are rooted in either fear, self-doubt, or not truly understanding my self-worth. I have a tendency to ultimately accept the excuse as my truth.  But in reality, anything that is not the truth is a lie.

I’ve been asking myself a lot of questions over these past 9 days.  I wonder how will I truly be different this year? I wonder if I wasn’t able to accomplish “XYZ” in 2016, what makes me think I’ll do it in 2017? What will be different?

I ask myself out loud, “What do you need to overcome in 2017?”

“What excuses have you been telling yourself that you need to stop reciting and believing?”

“What new actions do you need to take?”

“What new thoughts do you need to implement to replace the old ones?”

“How will you become the person who deserves to accomplish the lofty goals you have set?”

I certainly don’t have all the answers (hey, we’re only 9 days in!)  but I do know taking time to properly identify the deep seeded excuses I have allowed to run rampant in my mind AND uproot them is currently an important daily activity for me.

Excuses are like warm, comfortable mental blankets for me.  But my time for burrowing myself deeply in them is over because it’s time to rise and shine.  Literally!

I’ve always been a strong believer in the following popular proverb:


Excuses live at the thought level; they are at the root of my destiny.  I can either let them become overgrown weeds and choke out my potential greatness or I can put in the strenuous work of weeding them out so that I can grow a lush garden full of wonderful potential and actualities.
Are there any excuses you need to weed out so that you can be successful in 2017?  How do you move on from your excuses?  Share with me in the comments.

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