Slice 27 out of 31
I have no excuse, but I haven’t spent much time reading about excuses. Lately, though, I have found listening to excuses quite revealing. Think of all the places you hear excuses:
- coworkers (from the top down to the bottom)
- parents of students
I’ve begun to laugh at myself and stop myself, but here is what I see now.
Sometimes an excuse is in the guise of an apology, but it turns into a litany of reasons/excuses/rationalizations: “I’m sorry I didn’t cook dinner, but I was getting ready for my sub, and my neighbor teacher was going to be out, the other said the printer didn’t work…”
Sometimes my excuse is time: “I didn’t have time to [insert item-grade papers, write on my board, send out an email].” Of course, who catalogs the time I waste each day.
Sometimes my excuse is based on self-perception and lacking the ability to change: “I am a disorganized mess. I have ADD. I can’t focus. I can’t remember. I’m scattered.”
The site from the video linked above has some revealing information about the consequences of excuses, and I have seen these consequences in myself and in others. Of course, I have seen changes in my mindset leading to overcoming some of these consequences.
“Making excuses can also lead to the following consequences:
- Lack of responsibility and growth
- Self-limiting beliefs
- Massive regrets
- Persistent pessimistic outlook on life
- Bad judgments
- Imaginary walls constricting comfort zone
- Mental blocks stifling proactive action and creativity”
Wow—how true! http://blog.iqmatrix.com/a-life-of-excuses.
The site goes on to explain how to overcome. I may write about that tomorrow. For now, I will post and call it a night.