Friday, November 21, 2014

Reason or Excuse?

Excuses are not reasons

Reasons and excuses are easy to tell apart; at least for those with the ability to think. Yet, most people think they are synonymous. Reasons are few, excuses are many. Excuses are attempts to free ourselves from blame. Rationalizing gives birth to excuses, rational lies. Excusitis is a common disease, like the common cold. Let’s turn our excuses into reasons for acting.
“I am not good in sales.”  Is it a reason or an excuse? If you think it is a reason, you definitely need to continue reading.
1.      Reasons improve morale. Excuses destroy morale.
2.      Reasons grow from virtues. Excuses grow from vices.
3.      Reasons create clarity. Excuses lead up to confusion.
4.      Reasons deal with truth. Excuses are dishonest and lie.
5.      Reasons give us posture. Excuses sabotage our success.
6.      Reasons are courageous. Excuses are lame and cowardly.
7.      Reasons change the world. Excuses never change anything.
8.      Reasons put us on action mode. Excuses put us on paralysis mode.
9.      Reasons are about solving problems. Excuses keep us from the real problems.
10.  Reasons lead us to say no to lesser things so we can say yes to great things. Excuses lead us to say no to great things because we don’t want to give up the comforts of life.

Reasons are for winners, excuses are for quitters! We can have excuses or results, not both!

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world?
Pass these nuggets on to others.    
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

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