Have you tuned your ears to recognize excuses? Have you caught yourself ready to give an excuse? Is accepting someone else’s excuse as bad as giving your own excuse?
First of all, according to the dictionary, an excuse is “a reason or explanation put forward to justify a fault or offense.” What happens when the fault or offense is justified? To justify an act means to state that it is okay,
Excuses are used to avoid acknowledging a fault or offense, and to eliminate the necessity to make a corrective action. When excuses work, they are used repeatedly.
Let’s start out with giving excuses. We give excuses when we do not want to be accountable for our actions. Many times excuses are very creative, and much time and energy is used in generating the excuse. Oddly enough, often the time and energy expended to create the excuse and remember it is in excess of the time and energy necessary to make the correction and to be accountable for the error.
So, what is so bad about accepting excuses? When you accept an excuse from somebody, you become part of the problem. If you do not hold others accountable, they will continue to justify their faults and offenses. Problems don’t solve themselves, and people giving excuses don’t solve problems.
When someone gives you an excuse, ask them what they could have done to avoid the situation that they felt was worthy of an excuse. Ask them to write down the fault or offense, and come up with a plan on how to correct it rather than just sweep it under the rug.
What are the most common excuses we hear?
- I am too busy.
- Traffic was heavy.
- That’s the way we’ve always done it.
- I am too tired.
- Too much competition.
- The economy is bad.
To be successful and to have improved results in your business and personal life, one needs to break the habit of excuse giving and accepting, and replace it with the habit of goal oriented accountability. At Lyon Strategic Consulting, LLC, we provide the tools to help you evaluate, question, and be confident in changing and replacing habits and attitudes which are not in alignment with your purpose or company vision. For more information, or to schedule a free consultation, please contact Lyon Strategic Consulting, LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org, (424) 265-9598 or http://lyonsc.com/contact-us/