What is Excusitis?
Excusitis (excuse-itis) is the habit of buying reasons from yourself or other people for not fulfilling commitments and leaving projects in an unfinished state. If left untreated, the "disease of making excuses" is debilitating and leads to the demise of good ideas, thriving businesses, organizations, relationships, careers and bright futures. It's a severe condition that everyone needs to be aware of and make haste to address. This article aims to help people diagnose, cure the disease and find success once and for all.
The Disease of Making Excuses - Signs & Symptoms
You may suffer from this disease if any of the following applies to you.
- You have unfinished projects from months to a year ago or more.
- You buy books, gym memberships, exercise equipment or online courses but don't get around to reading or using them.
What Causes Excusitis?
People make excuses to avoid friction or discomfort at all costs. Using the above examples, one defers using the products or services purchased to prevent the pain associated with learning new skills, building muscles, improving mobility or fitness.
An underlying reason for discomfort is that the individual lacks conviction. Either they don't recognize the project's merits or lack confidence in their ability to perform the activity or task with excellence. The lack of trust may be solved with more training, or relate to perfectionism.
Why should you treat the "excuse disease" with urgency?
Your self-esteem and your ability to achieve future success depend on it!
Every time you don't follow through on a commitment, you are selling yourself short of becoming the person you aspire to be and what you can achieve. Every let-down produces a feeling of shame and, as it accumulates, leads to self-loathing. Depression is soon to follow.
Steps to Create the Change You Need!
1. Review, and prioritize your unfinished projects.
- Make a list of each undone project. Write out why completing each task or activity is essential for achieving your goals.
- Decide if further training is required or if perfectionism held you back.
- Based on the above, determine a logical order for completion.
2. Create a practical, reasonable plan to complete each activity, and create rules and habits that will support your success.
- Focus on doing the work and building new skills, not a masterpiece.
- Let practice and production become your mantra, not perfect.
- Understand that you're playing the long-game, not the sprint.
3. Pause new purchases or projects until you finish the current ones.
4. Establish sign-posts to assess, notice progress and celebrate the wins. Small successes build confidence and lead to more success.
it's a skill we develop
The art of creating success is a skill you learn to master. It takes commitment and follow-through, skills acquired by following the process. Stay with the process.
requires Self-conviction to begin the journey
The most crucial step for establishing deep-seated conviction is connecting to why something is vital to moving forward. Address the obstacles that prevent your total commitment.
If training is necessary, decide whether to make it happen or write-off the losses before investing further.
If perfectionism was an issue, shift your focus on building new skills. You're doing the work, not creating a masterpiece.
Self-conviction is an essential mindset to get it all done. It draws you towards the finish line, as opposed to running away.
Every hour of every day, keep your eye on the prize. Lean-in, do your best every time. You have no more time for excuses.
It's time to raise your game and find the success that's been waiting for you.
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