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Excuses, Excuses, Excuses…

What’s the difference between excuses and good reasons? I don’t know. That’s what I’ve been pondering for the past few days.

My sole New Year’s Resolution was to wake up early, go to the temple and meditate for five minutes, and crank out a short blog post. Daily. No excuses. I thought I could get into that simple routine every day. Just look at the dates on the articles and you can tell how long that lasted.

I have many excuses as to why I didn’t stick to the plan. I have many reasons. But, what the hell is the difference?

  • I was too tired one morning.
  • I didn’t have anything interesting to write about.
  • I didn’t have time.
  • I was too busy doing other work.
  • I’ll write the post later in the day.

What all that means is this: I didn’t take action. Simple.

So, I’ve been pondering how an excuse is different from a valid reason. I came to this conclusion:

A valid reason is something that happens outside your control that physically prevents you from accomplishing your objective. For example: Had I woke up early, rode my bicycle toward the temple, and got hit by a truck to where I had to go to the hospital, well, that’s a valid reason as to why I didn’t write my daily blog post. Or, on my way to the temple I got arrested and was thrown in jail for something. Therefore, I would have been physically barred from writing.

An excuse is something within you alone that prevents you from taking action. For example:

  • I was too lazy to get my butt out of bed and ride toward the temple.
  • I chose to go drink beer at the bar rather than write my blog post later that evening.
  • I got sidetracked by reading other blogs.

I’m not giving up. I’m still going to write. But, I should have followed my own advice and set a more realistic goal and gradually worked my way up. I could have said that I’m going to ride my bicycle to the temple every Saturday. I’m going to publish one short post a week. That would have been a better starting point.

Or, am I just citing more excuses for being lazy?

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