How many times have you heard that you should stop making excuses?
It’s good advice. Don’t make excuses. But, there is a way to change how you make excuses. You can make your excuses powerful.
We learn from a very young age that excuses work. They get us out of trouble. You can save yourself a lot of heartache if you can come up with a good excuse for a mistake you made.
But do excuses hurt us or help us?
Before we can answer that question we need to define the idea of an excuse.
Is an excuse the truth or a lie? Is it reality or perception?
In today’s podcast, I describe how you can redefine excuses. What they are. How we make them. And how to make them in a powerful way.
I will discuss how excuses are stories. Stories are sometimes fact and sometimes fiction. Stories have power in them. And when a story is told in a particular way it can give power or take it away.
Every time you tell a story in a disempowering way, you remove a tiny component of your ability to do what you want to do. And achieve what you want to achieve.
We can’t change what happens to us. But we can change the stories we tell ourselves and the people around us about the circumstances we find ourselves in.
This week, I set you a mindset challenge. How can you reframe the way you make excuses? If you make a mistake this week, can you make an excuse in an empowering way? A way that will tell yourself a story that means you will have more power in the future when you find yourself in a similar set of circumstances.
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Quote from the episode:
“Sorry, I can’t today. My sister’s friend’s mother’s grandfather’s brother’s grandson’s uncle’s fish died, and yes, it was tragic.” – Unknown
How can you make excuses in a more powerful way?