Aug 08

10 Ridiculously Lame Excuses That’s Holding You Back


What is your excuse for not doing something that will help you improve?


The Excuses we make

If you are working in a corporate environment, you are most likely planning to move up the ranks one day right?  Well, that’s what I used to think.  It was my belief that as an employee, our primary goal is to get promoted and to earn a lot of money but you’ll be surprised to know that there are actually people who don’t share the same goal.

As you all know, I’ve been to several jobs and I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the finest employees who had big ambitions and goals in mind.  But then again, I’ve also worked with people who seem to be contented with where they are.  People who think that it’s enough that they are earning a decent living without the pressure of bigger responsibilities.

When we are faced with something big, we all tend to make excuses out of fear of not being able to meet expectations and failing.  We all have our own “go-to” excuses that we often use to elude responsibilities and limit our capabilities.

Simply put, if you really want something, you can always find a way to get it but if you don’t, you’ll always find excuses not to pursue it.


1. “I don’t have time.”

Perhaps the most used of all the excuses available to us, it’s almost a hundred percent sure that when we‘re asked to do something that takes us out of our comfort zone, this is the default excuse we come up with.

We all know that’s crap.  Everyone has time.  We’re all given 24 hours to live our lives daily so why can your friend spare an hour or two running and you can’t?  The simple answer is because YOU’RE LAZY!  I should know because I’ve used this excuse several times before and I still use it every time I don’t feel like exercising.


2. “I’m busy.”

Busy with what? This is actually an alternate version of “I don’t have time” but more general in approach.  It’s funny how we want to earn more money or improve our knowledge but we use our day jobs as excuse not to pursue other endeavours that can help raise our stock and marketability.


3. “I’m happy where I am now.”

And you’re planning to stay there forever I take it?  With the advancement in technology and the power of the internet, information has never been this accessible making learning and self-improvement much easier.  Hell, you can even learn an entire course with a laptop or tablet so why would you choose to stay where you are instead of trying to increase your skills and knowledge?

Always look to improve yourself whether intellectually, physically, or emotionally.  Always stay hungry and take advantage of the knowledge you can gain from reference materials, the people you meet, and all of your experiences.


4. “I don’t think I’m ready.”

And when will you be ready?  Many of us have been given, sometimes even offered, opportunities that not everyone gets but end up turning them down because for some reason you thought that you’re not good enough and that you need more time or experience to prepare you for these opportunities.

The opportunities you let go may never come again.  Be confident in tapping into unknown territory and believe that you will figure it all out.

As Zig Ziglar once said, “you don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.”


5. “This will do.”

You don’t always have to be perfect but always give your best effort in everything you do.  Some of us, and yes, that includes me, have this mentality that as long as we do what we’re expected to, that our job is done even if it meant half-assing it.

Don’t settle for mediocre and stop being lazy.  Always give your 100% in everything you do because the quality of your performance determines your value.


6. “Everyone does it anyway”

This is one of the more often used excuses I always hear.  You come up with this excuse as justification for an action that the majority does.

Highly successful people don’t settle for mediocrity.  You should raise the bar and set yourself apart from the majority by doing things that an average person does.  Dare to be unique and don’t be bothered if you’re considered “weird” because most of the time, those who are considered weird are the most successful.  Just look at Steve Jobs or Bill Gates and you’ll know what I mean.


7. “I’m too old for this.”

A dog is never too old to learn new tricks so why should you?  Education doesn’t have an age limit and even if you’re already holding a cane and wearing thick lenses, you can still learn if you are up to it.

We’ve all seen on television grandmas and grandpas who were not privileged enough to get decent education when they were younger, go back to school to learn how to read and write even if it meant starting in the first grade with children young enough to be their grandchildren as classmates.  Hats off to these people who value education more than the ridicule they can get from some people who have narrow minds.


8. “What will they say about me?”

You are so afraid of being judged for trying to improve yourself but did you ever stop to think that with or without action, you will still be judged?  That’s the harsh reality of life.  People always judge other people even if they’re not in the position to pass judgment.

If you are always giving importance to people’s perception of you instead of following what you really want, you won’t be seeing progress in your life anytime soon.


9. “It’s too difficult for me.”

Talk about negative thinking.  How can you say it’s difficult when you haven’t really tried?  You’re already predicting the outcome of something you haven’t started yet.

What do you think would have happened if David told himself “it’s too difficult”  when he saw Goliath in the battlefield?  This is the typical excuse of people who are afraid to fail.  You must also remember that a you won’t see improvement in yourself if you’re doing something with ease.  It is in the difficult task that your character is tested.


10. “It’s too risky.”

The only risk in trying something new is the risk of failing and like I’ve often mentioned in my previous posts, failure should not be taken negatively.  The common trait you can find in every successful person is their willingness to take risks.  Dare to take a chance at something you’re not familiar with.  If you fail, then try again.  If you succeed, then you’re one step ahead.


Don’t let your self-limiting beliefs hold you back from reaching your potential by giving the lame excuses you’ve just read about.  It’s not circumstance that’s stopping us but ourselves.  Everyone is capable of success and happiness but that would depend on the kind of mindset you have so stop making excuses and take action!


Over to You

What other excuses are you making?

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

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