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Excuses Can Make or Break You!

By Mark Machaalani

"He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else said Benjamin Franklin. There is a lot of truth in this quote. Those, whom tend to be successful in life, do not get there by making negative excuses to themselves about how they can't get there. In fact they do the opposite.

If you want to do something in life, there is no doubt that you will find a way. If on the other hand you don't want to do something, you will always find an excuse. At times you want to achieve something in life, but are cluttered by your own negative excuses telling you why you cannot achieve what you are after.

I have two rules concerning excuses that I use to help me gain what I look for in life. First rule is:

1. Instead of making excuses why you cannot do something, make excuses telling yourself why and how you can do something.

This is a very important guideline or law if you like, that you must adopt into your lifestyle. Now picture for instance that you had this particular goal:

"I want to lose weight

There are an unlimited amount of excuses out there that one can apply on themselves such as:

"It's too hard for me, I work 9-5"


"I cannot afford it"


"I have a family and it requires strict dedication, my life is already busy as it is"

Now with this rule your excuses are the exact opposite. Hence, in order to lose weight and achieve your goal, you must learn to turn those excuses around to assist you. Make excuses stating how you can lose weight. Make sure to constantly remind your self of all the great rewards you will gain when you achieve your desired goal. Very importantly, inform yourself of the great significance of this goal how you can not go on without achieving it.

Remember, for just about anything in this world, there's an excuse or a negative spin you can put on it. All it really takes is a shift in attitude, and the change it makes in your life is worth more than anything in the world. Therefore, change the way you think about your excuses. Instead of looking for excuses to avoid exercise, start looking for excuses TO exercise.

The second rule of mine was actually adopted from the world's undisputed Light Welterweight boxing champion Kostya Tszyu, where he said:

2. "Never ever make excuses

This is a strict and concise rule that requires much more practice to master. When you have a goal in mind, never ever use excuses. Just go out there and do what has to be done, keep consistent and disciplined in order to accomplish what you desire.

"Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure." - Don Wilder

One of the most difficult aspect of all this, is being self aware of the times you are actually making these excuses to your self. Many people go on through life utilizing excuses to stop themselves from achieving greatness without even noticing. Consequently, you must be self aware of all excuses used at all times in order to adapt one of the 2 rules discussed above.

IMPORTANT: Instead of being a master of excuses, you must learn to master your excuses.

About The Author
Mark Machaalani has an ardent interest in Self Help and Personal Development and aids people all over the globe through personal and private self help coaching at no cost at all.

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