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Excuses that we use in our daily life and the underlying truths

Updated on November 10, 2013
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Jack has been a freelance writer since 2011 and has been graduated from Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi, India


We often make excuses to avoid dealing with unpleasant and underlying problems. The truth is that, as long as we buy into those excuses, we won't be able overcome them. To accelerate your personal growth, in any area of life, you need to uproot excuse-making and face the real issues behind the excuses. Many times we tempt to hide the symptoms rather than addressing the problems faced by us.

Giving below some of the most common excuses and the underlying truths:

Don’t know how.

I don't know How to write a blog. I don't know how to get a job. I don't know how to make a website. I don't know how to change a CFL bulb. These are some of the excuses we make in our daily life. I don't know how to do this... I don't know how to do that... The truth behind this excuse is " I am not willing to learn. Have you ever made an excuse after learning to crawl "I don't know how to walk." No. Never. We are learning new things every day. No one born as a genius or expert like Michael Jackson or Michelangelo. They mastered the art of their respective fields. They spent a lot of time in practicing in their respective fields. They learned the art and that made them expert in their field. Willing to learn new things can make a huge difference in your life. The underlying truth is that you are not willing to learn new thing. Instead of saying "I don't know hot to do it" you need to say, "I love to learn how to do it". Ask someone around you for information and start do it yourself. Have a heart, which is eager to learn new things.

It is better to teach others to do the things than do it for others. Instead of changing the bulb for your wife every time, it is better to teach her how to do it. Even in your absence, she can feel good by replace it herself. She will be confident after a few times doing it.

Learning new skills or new languages will add your value in the market. It will accelerate your personal growth.

I don’t have enough time.

An another excuse we hear in our daily life is that "I don't have enough time". The underlying truth of this statement is that, they are not considering it worth to spend time for. Or they don't understand the importance of spending time for doing that work. So we make a lame excuse that "I don't have enough time. You know that American President Barack Obama and the least beggar you meet at the street have same 24 hours in a day. Rich and the poor, scholar and the uneducated, wise and the foolish all on this planet has the same 24 hours a day. The thing is that how you use it. Where you spend this 24 hours. I know people who come to the church very late regularly. At the same time there are people who come on time regularly. If someone ask the late comer "why are you so late?" They have many excuses. "I have to do this. I have to do that and you know that there is none there to help me" etc.

The underlying truth is that they are not considered it worth to worship God as their household work. Simply saying, their household work is more important than worshiping God. If you are to reach office on 09.00 am will you be late for work regularly. In some exceptional causes or emergency you can be late. But normally the boss expect you to be on time. That means you treat your work as important than any other engagements. You make sure to reach the workplace on time.

"I don't have time to write a blog" That means, you are not considering it is worth to spending a little time for writing a blog. You know that writing blogs can attract passive income. Others are doing it and earning a lot of money. Everyone who does that has same time as you have. They have given priority to financial freedom than watching TV or doing other least important things. That is why they are successful. "I don't have time to start my won business." That means you are not giving importance to starting your own business.

I don't have time to exercise. really? Are you too busy to exercise? Or are you lazy? The underlying truth is that you are not considering it worth to spend some time to exercise and bring your body into shape. There are people who are starting their own business, doing exercise, writing blogs and many more thing every day. They have time as you and me have. Only 24 hours in a day. But those who are doing it considering it worth to do it. That is the key to success. Prioritize your work/time. Spend important time for important tasks. Weed out unimportant task from your schedule. Learn new skills.

It is strange to note that many who says I don't have time find a lot of time for marginal activities like watching TV or gossiping or engage in endless talks. If you don't have time to write a blog, surely you don't have time to gossip at all.

I don’t have the money.

When you can always earn the money you want, how can you say I don't have the money. If you really want something you can get it at a reduced cost. The underlying truth is that, you don't want it badly enough. Earning the money you need is only a matter of time. As I stated above not having enough time is an excuse. When you find enough time to earn money, you will have enough money for your other activities.

If you are not successful, sit back and find out the root cause of your failure. Then work on it. Soon you will find success follows you. You don't have to run after success. Success will follow you when you straighten your way of doing things.

Do not let excuses run your life. If you find yourself using any of the above excuses, replace it with the statement of real truth. It is easier for you to say "I don't know" than "I am unwilling to learn". When you find or admit your laziness, unwillingness or lack of motivation, from that point on you will have the opportunity to grow. You know some work are really hard, but if you really want it, you can accomplish it.

There are internal and external blocks that come in the way of our growth. We cannot control the external blocks. But the internal blocks like laziness, ego issues, lack of motivation and unwillingness to learn can be controlled by us. When we change and do our part, external blocks will disappear. We can not control the time. But we can prioritize our time. We cannot control the circumstances. But we can control our actions at that particular circumstances.

Till you admit your laziness or lack of motivation, you cannot work on it. When you admit it, that is the point where you can start building your personal growth. Until you find it, you cannot build it. I would like to repeat the words of Jesus who after giving a lot of instruction said: "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Find the rock and build up on it.


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    • CMHypno profile image


      6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      You make some very interesting and valid points jacobkuttyta. I think that what lies at the heart of many people's laziness and lack of motivation is actually a lack of self worth. They don't think that they are worth the effort and investment, so they don't put it in

    • Ruchira profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      well said jacobkuttyta.

      Excuses usually come up when we do not priortize our life and our goals. Once done, excuses will become experience :)

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      6 years ago from Oakland, California

      Interesting read with truth simply put forward

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      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      just amazing hub

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      Fresh Press 

      6 years ago

      Awesome! Well said and written. It is so true that we all have made excuses when faced with challenges because of the FEAR of failing. We should keep in mind that the recipe for becoming successful is that you will fail more times than you will succeed. So the solution is to learn from your failures and never give up..If Thomas Edison had given up after sooo many failures, we would probably not have electricity.

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      6 years ago

      A very good , enthusiastic, morale boosting post.

      A must read for todays youngster.

      keep it up. I am always get motivated whenever i visit here.

      A lot of thanks. i am always looking forward to see more such articles.

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      Karla Whitmore 

      6 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Awesome and informative! I think we have all used those excuses at one point or another. My greatest weakness is the "I don't know how", but the truth is that if I really wanted to know how, I would learn how. ;)

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      6 years ago

      Well written and well expressed.. when you make excuses you give the problem the legal right for to remain. I hate excuses, they stop my personal growth and development and stop me from believing in myself. A great message worth shouting from the roof tops.. Thanks for sharing :)

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      6 years ago from East Cackalacky

      I wholeheartedly agree, Jacobkuttyta. Everyone is his own worst enemy and his own jailer. He has the power to free himself whenever he chooses, but most never do.

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