But: It’s a word that changes sentences, intentions and even actions. It controls us and most of us don’t even realize it. “I want to get in shape, BUT…” “I used to think I could do that job, BUT…” “I should go on that date, BUT…”
It doesn’t matter what comes after “but” — all that matters is that it stops you from accomplishing something.
If you really wanted to get in shape or you really thought you could do that job or you really want to go on that date, then you should f*cking do it! Excuses are our brain’s way of giving us an easy out; they make giving up acceptable.
Now is the time to boycott the word “but.” Here are 10 reasons why:
1. Excuses hold you back.
Ever heard of self-fulfilling prophecies? That’s what happens when you make excuses. You think you can’t do something, so you can’t. When you make an excuse, you admit that something is stronger than your will to move forward.
You miss out on opportunities to better yourself, your life and your world.
2. They’re probably bullsh*t anyway.
We like to use bullsh*t excuses because they’re easier to accept than our own faults and failures. Obviously, there are circumstances we can’t change and some excuses are legitimate, but probably only about 20 percent of them.
Instead of using the sh*tty things that happen to you in life as excuses, use them as motivation and reasons to improve.
3. Excuses mess with your self-esteem.
Continuously telling yourself why you can’t do things will starve your self-esteem. When your excuses prevent you from reaching any and all goals, what will your self-esteem subsist upon?
4. Excuses make you apathetic.
Making excuses can be a slippery slope. Over time, you’ll actually convince yourself that you won’t be able to achieve what you want to achieve and then you’ll stop caring about whether or not you actually achieve anything.
5. Excuses are a waste of our energy.
Imagine if you could apply the time you spend convincing yourself not to do something to actually doing it. Experts have identified worrying as something that consumes a lot of energy, so conserve that energy, stop worrying about why you can’t do something and just go do it!
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