Whether you realise it or not, you’re constantly looking for reasons to do – or not to do – things.
Swirling around your mind are reasons why one task is more important than another. Reasons why the driver in front of you who was travelling slower than the speed limit totally deserved the abuse you dished. Reasons why your shit-of-a-day at work absolutely warrants the great big glass of wine you’re now pouring. Reasons why you cannot possibly start your next renovation project/savings plan/diet until next week. No wait – aren’t you busy next week? Better make that next month. Come to think of it, it’s shaping up to be a busy year. Why not leave it until 2016? You have a good excuse – I mean reason – don’t you?
These “reasons”. Are they reasons? Or are they sentiments of guilt, procrastination and excuses wrapped in disguise?
How do you know the difference between an excuse and a reason?
If you can chunk down your reason you may be speaking the language of excuses.
When it’s a reason it’s the be all and end all. No room to move. No questions asked.
So if you’re looking for a good reason to do – or not to do – something, how about these for starters:
- because you want to
- because you don’t want to
- because deep down you’re just a girl scout or boy scout in need of adventure
- because you can.
And my favourite, because I said so.