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Leader, Please Don’t Excuse Yourself

My father-in-law has often said that “an excuse is just a lie stuffed in the skin of a reason.” That’s a good definition. I have a tendency to make excuses sometimes, and I’m guessing you struggle with it sometimes yourself.

For those in leadership, we tend to be especially good at making excuses for why we can’t go to the next level, take the next step, or seize the next opportunity.

I don’t have enough money or resources.

I’ll take a lot of criticism.

I’m not sure if everyone would agree with me.

I may not have what it takes.

Excuses abound. Here’s the secret I need to share with you rather quickly… STOP IT! Stop making excuses. Excuses are rather deceptive. They deceive the people around us into thinking we aren’t capable, and we even deceive ourselves with our excuses. That is, we actually believe them when they tumble off of our lips.

Here are a few simple questions for getting real…

What in the world am I supposed to be doing?

Am I doing it?

If not, is there an excuse I’m using?

It’s a simple self-evaluation. Are you stuffing a lie into the skin of a reason and offering it up as the imaginary roadblock between you and success?

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  1. Brandon,

    I will admit that I struggle with this, but (haha just kidding). Many times I think I am just listing reasons for why something didn’t go right, or why it can’t be done. It’s probably more than I am making excuses.

    Ed Young, Jr. has a sermon series he does called Rational Lies doing a play on the word rationalize. I think many times that is just what we are doing; telling ourselves lies that sound rational to make us feel better.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    .-= Brad Harmon´s last blog ..Have You Read This? – December 2009 =-.

  2. Great Challenge Brandon. One of the things that I see lacking in leadership is responsibility. Here in South Africa, people want to be leaders, just for the recognition, but do not want to accept the responsibility.

    God is looking for Leader. He asks, Who will go? But very few answer
    .-= Robert Bravery´s last blog ..There is no such thing as a quick fix. =-.

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