August 25, 2021

How to Stop Making Excuses & Find Success!

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. So, we aim to help people diagnose, cure the disease and find success once and for all. 


The Disease of Making Excuses - Signs & Symptoms

Does any of the following apply to you?

  • You're surrounded by numerous 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 of 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!

Whenever 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 to 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 signposts 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. Next, address the obstacles that prevent your total commitment. 


If training is necessary, decide whether to make it happen or write off 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. 


Think, "Practice and Production, not Perfect!" Remember, it's a marathon you're running, not a sprint.


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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Linda Reddin

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Linda Reddin, CEC, PCC, founder of A Strategic Edge Coaching in Kamloops, BC, helps managers and leaders develop influence and become inspiring leaders of successful enterprises. In her free time, Linda enjoys cooking healthy dishes, exploring nature, reading, music, teaching and practicing yoga.

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