A sluggard says,
“There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets!” As a door
turns on its hinges, so a sluggard turns on his bed. A sluggard buries his hand
in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth. A sluggard is wiser in his own
eyes than seven people who answer discreetly. Proverbs 26:13-16 (NIV)
We have forty million reasons for failure,
but not a single excuse. -Rudyard Kipling. Excuses are the way we explain away
our inability to take responsibility. When you take responsibility, you look
inward, with excuses, you look outward, you need someone or something to blame
for failure. A true test of you accepting responsibility is you stop blaming
others for your results.
Author and public speaker Brian Tracy
asserts, “Accepting responsibility is one of the hardest of all disciplines, but
without it, no success is possible.” Your excuses are personal to you; nobody
can take them away from you. Yours could be I’m too busy, I’m the wrong gender,
I’m a single parent, I’m the wrong race, I’ve got no certificate, I’m not as
good as them, I’m too big, too small, the list is endless.
Success in life begins with our ability to accept the self-discipline to
do the right things at the right time not just when we feel like. Most successful
people have many reasons not to even try, they are plagued with the same challenges
as others, usually the difference is they find a way to turn their excuses into
reasons they must succeed.
You can never excuse your way into success. Sometimes the obstacle itself
truly is the only way out; stop making excuses and start making progress.