By Ron Pereira
Excuses. We all have them. We all use them. Heck, some of us even use deflecting statements like, “I don’t have a good excuse… I just suck…” as an excuse!
We make excuses for why we don’t work out consistently. We make excuses for why we don’t eat clean. We make excuses for why we don’t spend enough time in prayer. We make excuses for… well, I think you get the point.
What are Excuses?
Excuse-making is often categorized by Psychologists as self-handicapping. In other words, excuses hurt our own performance and negatively impact how motivated we are to improve. Excuses often stem from an unconscious desire to protect our ego.
Of course there are legitimate excuses (i.e. being late to the meeting because you were in a car accident). I’m not talking about these. I’m talking about the excuses we use to deflect our own mistakes, inaction, and lack of discipline.
What’s the Solution?
Now, I don’t want to pretend to have all the answers as it relates to excuse making since I’m far from infallible myself. But, I firmly believe one of the remedies to excuse making lies in our ability to form strong, virtuous, habits.
In other words, if you struggle to eat clean… form clean eating habits. If you struggle finding time to read the Bible and pray… form Bible reading and prayer habits. And if you struggle to exercise on a regular basis… form fitness related habits.
Obviously, this is easier said than done, so if you need some help figuring out how new habits can be formed and bad habits can be modified… we have you covered with these articles from our growing archives.
- What are Habits and Why Should We Care?
- How to Form New and Virtuous Habits
- 4 Steps to Modifying Bad Habits
Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!