5 Terrible Excuses Hurting Your Success

5 Terrible Excuses Hurting Your Success

In today’s society, there is a clear divide between the motivated and those content with an average life path.

The average person is almost always weak-minded and takes what he can get. They avoid “rocking the boat” and taking risks.

“GOOD ENOUGH” is the goal.

Pessimistic due to their life choices; these people will always try to dampen your mood and spirits.

They are also chronic excuse makers – lies told to themselves to justify their regrettable life choices.

5 Terrible Excuses Hurting Your Success ~ Shameless Pride

This lion is not impressed with your excuses

We all make excuses here and there – there is no denying that. However, chronic excuse makers rarely take responsibility for their actions and instead chose to blame everyone else for their lack of success. They also seldom feel genuine happiness towards successful people, even friends and family.

I could rattle off 100 excuses that are commonplace today. Instead, I chose to focus on 5 that you will hear almost daily.

If you are someone who finds themselves using these phrases – STOP TODAY!

Excuses make you feel better in the moment, but they don’t do any good in the long-run.

1. I’m too busy

Being too busy for something is a lie. Busy is the new lazy. It’s a poor attempt at a cop-out, especially when it comes to something you keep putting off time and time again.

“I’m too busy” is used to dismiss someone’s attempt to get you to do something. It is a slap in the face, because most people are in fact busy. When you tell yourself you are too lazy – you are re-affirming your fear of failing.

5 Terrible Excuses Hurting Your Success ~ Shameless PrideEveryone has the same 24 hours in a day. It is up to us to structure our life in a way that a) minimizes stress b) maximizes productivity c) allows for randomness and down time.

Focus and make it happen. Loose the excuses, and become accountable for your time. Work on your time management skills to eliminated or enhanced daily tasks to create more time. Relationships, health, and happiness should be the top priorities in your lives.

It might be easier for SOME people, but it’s still possible for EVERYONE to find extra time.

2. It’s not the right time, I’ll do it later

You tell yourself that it is okay to put it off today, because it will be easier/cheaper/better in the future. The problem is that you rarely do it in the future, as you will most likely be more busy (and have more excuses) then.

5 Terrible Excuses Hurting Your Success ~ Shameless PrideThere will never be a perfect time. We can all come up with countless excuses on why tomorrow will be a “better” time to do something.

Yet, time is not guaranteed. A whole host of bad things could happen to you at any given point. Despite what you may think – you are not assured a long, healthy life. Go look in the obituaries of your local paper if you don’t believe me.

So why wait?

Ultimate happiness is enjoying the moment – a mix of regimented tasks (working, eating, sleeping) and spontaneous activities (travel, experiences).

Never focus too much on the regimented and not enough on the spontaneous. Instead, take the risk and go after what you want TODAY.

There will never be a perfect time.

3. “I wish, but…”

I wish, but I have a mortgage.

I wish, but I just had a baby

I wish, but these student loans are killing me.

5 Terrible Excuses Hurting Your Success ~ Shameless PrideThis excuse is a way to feel better about your inaction. Your goal is to make others pity you by acting like you are stuck in a hopeless position.

Stop feeling sorry for yourself.

Start building a step-by-step plan of action that is manageable and not overwhelming.

Stop wishing.

4. It must be nice, I wish I was in your shoes

Whenever someone drops “it must be nice,” you can feel the jealousy and envy oozing from them, as if you should feel sorry for living a life full of excitement and happiness.

“Ya asswipe, it is nice.”

Never use this line. It reeks of envy and you look petty for it.

You’ll hear this loaded phrase when you mention you do something “above average” – such as buy something nice, travel somewhere, etc.

5 Terrible Excuses Hurting Your Success ~ Shameless PrideIt is the ultimate “woe is me” jab from someone who is unhappy with their life.

You didn’t follow the script that every other forgettable person usually does, so they try to make you feel guilty for reaping the rewards.

You feel scolded for the hard work, the long hours, the effort you put in to afford yourself such opportunities.

Everyone has the opportunity to choose the life they live – it comes down to the choices you make every day and how you choose to structure your life. 

5. “I don’t know how”

This excuse stems from 4 realities:

  • A lack of confidence
  • A lack of work ethic
  • A lack of discipline
  • A lack of tenacity

Think of some of the successful people you are familiar with.

Do you think they woke up one day and knew what they were doing?

5 Terrible Excuses Hurting Your Success ~ Shameless PrideNo. They busted their ass for a long time. They studied everything they could get their hands on, and they learned through mistakes; specifically trial and error.

Here are just a few examples:

The free resources at your fingertips are the envy of all who have lived before us. Google can give you almost everything you need within seconds.

You must learn discipline and how to self-educate. You also need to eradicate the excuses from your life.

Anything short of this is pure laziness.

There is no place in today’s information era for “I don’t know how.”

When we want something, we do what it takes. It’s that simple. When we want it, we don’t let excuses get in the way. Life is too short to avoid risks and play it safe.

Don’t let excuses hurt your success.

Ask yourself the tough questions:

  • What is your purpose in life?
  • Are you happy with all your life, or are your excuses just the crutches you use to navigate through a sorry excuse for a life?
  • Do you want to be like everyone else who sells out their dreams to conform to society?
  • Do you want success as much as you want to sleep?

Define your grind.

Until next time.

-Axel Page

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  • On. Fucking. Point. I’ve been meditating and thinking a lot about desire, and building your life around your dreams. You know: visualizing reality and forcing it into existence. This captures so many of those ideas.

    Like today: I made a bad investment and lost my ass. But its alright because I’ve already made that money back, and I know if I keep pushing, keep fighting, and REFUSE TO GIVE UP, I’ll do even better tomorrow.

    Grow smarter, grow stronger, each and every single day.

    • Its easy to stay hungry and unsatisfied when you are locked in on your goals. It takes a combination of tenacity, discipline, and structure. Most people make up excuses at the first sign of an obstacle, refusing to break out of their comfort zone due to fear of failure. As we know though, nothing worthwhile comes easy.

  • JB

    My friends often talk about how unsatisfied they are with their bodies, and that I am “lucky” for looking the way I do.
    I ask them why they don’t go to the fitness center, and they tell me “Well I just don’t have the time or money to work out”.
    It’s as little as one hour, every (other for a startup) day, for less than the price of a new shirt.
    If you really need an excuse to disregard your own health, be it time or money, where the fuck are your priorities?
    I can work/study for 9 hours a day and see people every day, yet I still have time for my daily workout because I’m not just pissing time away and don’t consider watching TV as “Being busy”.
    Spot on Axel, as usual.
    -JB

    • The majority of people are excuse makers when it comes to difficult actions, the gym being at the top of that list. It’s easier to tell yourself you don’t have time because it makes you feel less guilty for not being in shape. 3 times a week for an hour (minimum needed) – everyone has that time. Anyone saying otherwise is a liar. In fact, my most recent article talks about this exact issue – how to motivate yourself before your workout so you don’t flake out and make excuses.