Reasons vs. Excuses

30 09 2008

It is important to distinguish between a “reason” and an “excuse.” The difference is easy to recognize:

When you have a reason for not training, if we remove the cause, the effect should vanish. On the other hand, if one thing is an excuse for another, then taking away the excuse will change nothing — the effect will remain.

Excuses are a justification for giving up or giving in. You didn’t explore all your options, ignored or denied your options, didn’t plan ahead, didn’t ask for help, or didn’t accept help offered. Excuses are reasons that rely on being dishonest with yourself.

If you didn’t train today because your boss made you stay late at work, then you have a good “reason”.

If you didn’t do your training today because it was raining out, you probably didn’t want to train all that much anyway. You could have used the trainer in front of the TV, gone for a run, taken a spin class, or even rode in the rain!

My point?  Quit making reasons or excuses?!




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