Using too many excuses can eventually catch up with you in a bad way. Even using legitimate excuses too often can create a habit of always finding something to fall back on. By stopping the use of excuses, you can become more responsible and accountable.
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You probably know someone that has an excuse for everything. It's a tough habit to shake, but it might be best for you to avoid their use altogether, even the ones that Jason Selk at Inc. calls the "viable excuses":
The viable excuse is a piece of information that comes disguised something reasonable and understandable — which makes it extremely easy to give in to it and accept it as your "normal."
Eventually, over time, you'll develop a better habit of following through with your promises and assignments. Your mind will automatically avoid the use of excuses — even the good ones — and you'll program yourself to be more realistic with what you can do. You'll become more accountable for what you do and, in turn, more reliable. Don't let your life become a long list of reasons why you couldn't do something.