Throughout the more than 20 years I’ve been working with the development of people and organizations, there have been time after time when I’ve heard a number of funny, interesting or even bad excuses.

Nothing is wrong with making excuses. Most people do so from time to time, but it is interesting to see what happens when a person doesn’t do the things they promised themselves (or others) they would do. When that happens, they usually come up with a whole lot of excuses, which usually are about everything other than the person’s inability to keep what he or she promised.

This is all written tongue-in-cheek, so I hope that’s exactly how you will read it, as all in good fun, but (maybe) still something to think about. Here are the nine worst excuses, I have heard:

01. I would like to, but my brain says I can’t
02. I would like to. I just don’t feel like it. (?)
03. I don’t have the time (Because you don’t get 24 hours in a day like the rest of us?)
04. I would like to, but I need the tools (If you really want to, you’ll find them)
05. You can’t start things on a Monday (Because Tuesday is always much better (?))
06. I’ll do it tomorrow! (Yeah! Right!)
07. I just need to get _______ over and done with first (And next week it’ll be something else)
08. Next week I’ll have more energy, then I’ll put the pedal to the metal! (I see. You have a crystal ball)
09. My legs just don’t want to go running (Ehm, what?)

What’s the worst excuse you’ve ever heard?

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