Rationalization. Excuse making. Any darned excuse is as good as another. We can self talk ourselves into or out of anything. That choice clearly is within our control.
One of my favorite stories is about a man who admired his neighbor's NEW lawn mower. He watched as the neighbor swiftly mowed his grass, few clippings remained and his lawn was beautiful.
One day this man decided that he would love to try a mower like his neighbors so he went next door, knocked on his neighbors door, and when the neighbor came to the door, he said: "I have been admiring your new mower, and I would like to try it on my lawn!"
There was a short silence. Finally, the neighbor looked at him incredulously and said, "You can't use my mower because my wife has a sore throat!"
The potential borrower was surprised at his reply, and asked him, "What does your wife's sore throat have to do with my borrowing your lawn mower."
The prospective loaner said, "Well, it gets down to this, I AM NOT GOING TO LET YOU USE MY MOWER, SO I FIGURE THAT ANY EXCUSE IS AS GOOD AS ANOTHER."
I think not facing the truth is easier than dealing with it. We all rationalize in our lives. But, some of us use it to the extreme.
I couldn't control what I ate, because "I did not want to offend the hostess".
How about, "I had to eat, because I had company".
Or, I just couldn't let those delicious leftovers go to waste..("or waist").
Excuses are one thing, but letting excuses impede your progress is not only self defeating, but is a hugh waste of time.
One excuse is not as good as another....it should be legitimate not phoney.
I am going to work on those excuses....