This episode of the Vedge Your Best podcast focuses on how excuses can be a roadmap to understanding our challenges and areas of work. Rather than viewing excuses as negative, consider them normal human responses that indicate where work is needed.
We tend to use excuses as coping mechanisms when we feel behind, incompetent, unsupported, or overburdened. They often arise when there is a disconnect between our plans and the actual outcomes. Instead of viewing excuses as failures, we should see them as opportunities for introspection and growth.
Excuses can also be a barrier to starting projects or making changes, especially when we anticipate self-criticism or judgment. If we knew we wouldn’t be harsh on ourselves, we would be more likely to take action and recover from setbacks more quickly.
I encourage you to notice when you make excuses and to explore what these excuses are accomplishing. Understanding your excuses can help you redirect your energy toward creating the outcomes you desire.