Excuses are a dime a dozen, which is precisely why not everyone achieves success in their careers. At LNE Consulting, time and time again, we’ve seen top performers separate themselves from the “average” simply by ditching the excuses and taking accountability.
Successful people realize that excuses won’t pay their bills. They realize that while some people are making excuses, other people are always going to be making it happen — and if they want to be top performers, they’re going to have to deliver no matter what.
The key to eliminating excuses is recognizing that you are in control. Instead of feeling like the world is happening “to” you, make the decision to exercise your power wherever you possibly can. Don’t like your circumstances? Check your attitude and tackle the problem head on.
It also helps to remind yourself that excuses are not just keeping you from hitting your goals — but they’re damaging to your credibility as a professional. Every time you make an excuse it’s like the story of the boy who cried wolf — you might be able to get away with it once or twice, but eventually those around you will stop believing you.
Here are 9 of our favorite quotes that will hopefully inspire you to ditch the excuse-making!
“Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.” -George Washington Carver
“Your excuses are just the lies your fears have sold you.” -Robin Sharma
“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
“Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.”
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” -Benjamin Franklin
“Success is what comes after you stop making excuses.”
“Replace excuses with effort, replace laziness with determination, and everything will fall into place.”
“When I lost all of my excuses I found my results.”
“Excuses are the enemy of excellence.”
Cliché or not, you have to admit that these quotes are on point! For more quotes from LNE Consulting, follow us on Twitter.