I don’t know what to write about.
I don’t know the correct way to write.
My friends might not like it.
It could be a flop.
I don’t have the time.
Last year, I read a book called, Excuses, excuses: Living the Excuse Free Life. It is a religious book, but I think there are some things the author, Peter Lopez, Jr.,, said that might be applied to the discipline of writing.
“He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else.” Benjamin Franklin
Excuses somehow make us feel good about not being as great as we can be—about living up to our full potential!
But, guess what? Excuses are lies, by definition: An excuse is a lie that you give to explain why you have done something or have not done something that you should have done.
Excuses: Why We Can’t
The Excuse of Family: “I would, but my son has a…, my wife wants me to…, my parents…”
The Excuse of Yourself: “I’m just not motivated…knowledgeable…creative…rested…”
The Excuse of other People: Fellow writers or potential readers cast doubt or fear. Fear and doubt are the reasons most people don’t achieve their dreams.
The Excuse of the Past: Failures and insecurities keep your past in front of you, not behind you, where they should be.
The Excuse of ‘I Can’t’: “I’m too young… I’m too old… I just don’t have what it takes.”
While excuses are lies, reasons are truth: a fact, situation, or intention that explains why something happened, why someone did or did not do something, or why something is true.
Reasons: Why We Can:
1) It is ok to say “no,” if it is the truth.
“I don’t have the time.”
“I’m too busy.”
“I don’t have the money to do that right now.”
“It’s too far away.”
“I don’t feel like it.”
“No, thank you.”
2) If you set goals that are specific, make sense, are attainable, are relevant, and are time-bound, you will be able to achieve your writing goals.
3) Consider getting a mentor.
4) Use a weekly planner.
5) Make both long term and daily goals. Set priorities.
Remember: Don’t use excuses. They are lies. They are damaging and they poison your future.
Make yourself a NO EXCUSE card. Put it in your wallet or purse. Pull it out and read it every time you feel you are starting to use excuses!!!