The real problem with excuses is that they become a habit – a bad one. For example, often people will say they are “too busy” to do something without giving it any thought.
Bad habits, however, can be broken and the habit of excuses is no different. The key is to respectfully challenge the person using the excuse – and that person may be the one in the mirror. Next time you hear an excuse, simply ask, “What do you mean by that?” This will cause the person using the excuse to not only think about what they are saying, but why they are saying it. For example, when someone says they are “too busy,” it usually means that the task really isn’t important to them. By giving pause to understand WHY someone is habitually using an excuse, it will begin to break the habit and stop stagnation.
Don’t make excuses, make time.
Written by: Kirby Hasseman
Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.