7 Great Excuses – are any of these holding You back?



I have [and so have many of my clients & friends] found that Excuses are the anchors of your life.

They weigh you down and hold you back.

And when you try to haul them in, they fight tooth and nail to drag you back to the bottom.

There will be the ones that you use on purpose and there are ones that you use without knowing[the silent killers].

Here’s that may just cause you problems on occasion. I sincerely hope that You can rectify them if they are:7Great Excuses Blog Post

“I haven’t got the time”

One of the all time classics. What do you have the time for, then? Of course, your “time” should be used wisely.

But don’t shut yourself off to opportunities because they don’t fit your schedule.

This excuse is mostly used to brush off any attempt to get you to do something useful or help someone out. Mercy me!

“There’s always tomorrow”

Naturally. Why do something now [how inconvenient] when you could [not] do it tomorrow … or the tomorrow after that.

This is a ‘delaying excuse’. It’s not quite procrastination because you are making a decision [of sorts] … it’s a sneaky one, I”ll give you that.

Tomorrow may be too late, I’m sure you’ve heard that before.

“I’ll get around to it”

Eventually, maybe. This is an expansion of the previous excuse, in this instance, without the timeframe.

The bottom line is that you hope the “thing” that you are putting off will, in time be totally forgotten.

Therefore You can’t be held responsible. Delaying tactics are part and parcel of excuses.

When you consistently put things off[procrastination aside] then excuses have a good hold on you.


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“That’s been done before”

So then, why should I repeat [this excellent process/idea/result]? you will be thinking.

Just because it’s been done before doesn’t mean that it can’t be done again & again.

Don’t use this little gem to excuse yourself from creating something new or fresh. Great ideas are just that. Great.

Use them, repeat them. Learn from them. Don’t excuse yourself from them.

“He/She is just lucky”

Yep, and I’m not. So why would I do that when I just don’t have the same amount of “luck”?

If “luck” was the magic ingredient to achieve anything worthwhile then why indeed would you commit to do anything?

You make your own luck. Put any notion of “luck” aside. Create and achieve. Do and learn. It’s the best way.

“I tried my best”

Well, sort of.

This at first glance  does seem an unlikely excuse. However, often when you cut a little deeper,  He/She is really saying [with a shrug of the shoulders] …”I knew I wouldn’t win/succeed, so why put in 100% or try at all?”

This is a sneaky excuse. It masquerades the fact that you wimped, not tried. It’s a let me off the hook type of response to something which you had no or little interest in doing. Have You ever used this one before?

“You win some, You lose some”

Except I seem to lose a hell of a lot more than I win.

This is a flow on from the previous excuse. You’re really saying “don’t blame me for things not turning out the way that you wanted”.

It usually shows a lack of care and/or commitment. You will use this when whatever you are faced with, is not seen by you as a priority. Though it will probably be a priority for someone else who is depending on You [to deliver].

What other “Great Excuses” do You know of? Feel free to share your thoughts … and the post, if you like it enough.

** This post was refreshed April 8 2015


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  • Theo Jones June 25, 2014, 10:59 pm

    Great post on excuses!

  • Stuart Young June 26, 2014, 6:08 am

    Hi David, those excuses certainly sound familiar. I’ve either used them myself or heard them come out of the mouths of others. Another to add might be: “I can’t” Meaning I don’t have the skill sets. This could be true, although we could all train to get the required skill sets, OR, if they are innate then we could find someone who has them and leverage them in some way. Excellent post mate. Stu 🙂

    • David Stevens June 27, 2014, 3:50 am

      Hi Stu,
      Thanks. “I can’t” is a good one and so easily said. You’re validating before even trying. “I’m too old for that” is another that now readily comes to mind. There certainly are plenty in the excuse basket.Thanks for connecting.
      Be good to yourself

  • Glynis Jolly June 26, 2014, 11:37 am

    I hear people use these excuses and always wonder how they can live with them without a fight. I have the time; I just have to decide if I want to take that time for that endeavor. Is there always tomorrow? I’m not too sure about that. If I’m going to do it, whatever it is, getting around to it isn’t good enough; today is the day to start. So what if it’s been done before; I haven’t done it yet and I’ll probably do it differently. Luck comes with diligence. I always try my best and sometimes I don’t succeed, so I try again. Yes, you win some and you lose some; that’s life.

    • David Stevens June 27, 2014, 3:48 am

      Good on You Glynis,
      Thanks for taking the time to connect. Excuse making becomes a [poor] habit for many. I’ve done it however have learned to identify the ‘excuse’ before it becomes a problem for me. I’ve tried to show some of the known & unknown excuses in this post.Your point about “time” is a good one.
      Be good to yourself