Making Excuses Rather Than Decisions

Decided to take a break from Sunday chores and search the web for inspiration.  I ran into an article on the blog Marc and Angel Hack Life  about the 10 Things You Must Give Up to Move Forward. Maybe I’m just procrastinating from going back to chores, but I thought it was worth taking a moment to post some thoughts.

All of the points Marc makes are great, but one stood out to me in particular (#8).  I really can’t stand when people make excuses for why their life didn’t turn out the way they hoped for — as if it were completely out of their control.

# 8 Making excuses rather than decisions. – Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving.  A mistake doesn’t become a failure until you refuse to correct it. Thus, most long-term failures are the outcome of people who make excuses instead of decisions.

The last line is so important.  You have a choice about the outcome.  It is like that expression – “if you fail, try, try, try again”.  The moment you give up, you’ve made another choice and taken away all chances of success.  It is guaranteed failure.  

No matter what you decide, be willing to accept the consequences that come with it.  If you are successful due to your perseverance, don’t call it luck.  It was the result of YOUR efforts and determination.  Give yourself credit. Conversely, if you gave up, be honest about why you are not where you thought you’d be. Own it.

Intentions are great but as the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.  Instead stop making excuses, decide to do what it takes, and do it consistently.

That’s the not so big secret to success.

Yeah, yeah, Ok….going back to the chores now….

with love from aneternaltraveler 😉

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3 thoughts on “Making Excuses Rather Than Decisions”

  1. Thank you for this post. I often struggle with this and I found what you wrote to be not only helpful but inspiring as well. There are things in my life I hope for and, after reading your blog, I feel re-inspired to “try try again” (as you put it)!

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