The Big List of Excuses

Reading all the excuses I tell myself for procrastinating on my habits, tasks, goals, and dreams helps me discard them as foolish. They seem like capital-T truth when they're in my head, but reading them here makes it easy for me to disregard them. If that sounds helpful to you, read on. If it sounds like it might just give you more reasons to tell yourself to put off your dreams, then maybe don't read on. If you have ideas for more excuses, I'd love to hear them! You can email me at dsethlewis@gmail.com.
  • I'm tired. I should rest up.
  • I've worked hard. I deserve this.
  • One (insert basically anything here) won't kill me.
  • Life is meaningless and I could die any moment so I should just do whatever I want right now.
  • I'm too weak/stupid/pathetic to accomplish this goal. Why should I even try if I know I'm going to fail?
  • I'm too weak/stupid/pathetic to even deserve to go after this goal. I suck and I always will so I might as well enjoy the moment as best as I can.
  • I can do it tomorrow/next week/next month/next year/5 years from now.
  • This isn't who I am. I'm just not someone who knows what he wants and goes after it.
  • I've got so many urgent things on my plate. I can't make time for this, no matter how important it is, if it's not urgent.
  • My path is already set for me. Go to college, get a job that pays enough for rent and food, date until I find a woman I want to marry, have kids, die. I can't do anything that could jeopardize that.
  • I'm no better than my friends. If they all watch porn/eat cookies/party three times a week, then what makes me so special that I should do anything different?
  • Why should I care what me-three-years-from-now wants? That's me-three-years-from-now's problem. I'm me-right-now.
  • But- but- but- but I want ice cream!
  • This is a special occasion! It's my birthday/my brother's birthday/my anniversary/my brother's anniversary.
  • This is hard and requires focus and attention. I'll do it later when I have enough willpower to devote to it.
  • I'm not sure I can commit to this right now and there's no point in even trying if I'm not going to commit.
  • I should wait until I have enough information to do it perfectly.
  • What I do doesn't matter; it's only how I subjectively perceive it to affect my self-esteem. And if I fail at this I can blame my illness/professors/boss/parents/circumstances, so it doesn't even really matter whether I succeed or not. So I might as well watch 10 episodes of House M.D. in a row instead of working.
  • I can't possibly know what will make me happy, so why would I suffer through anything for a maybe?
  • So many people are expecting things of me that I don't have time to pursue my own goals.