Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen.


Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen. – Ralph Marston

The artist said that life got in the way, and that's why the painting is unfinished. Excuse or reason? We can't tell how busy his life is, or what priority his paintings are to him.

The artist said that life got in the way, and that’s why the painting is unfinished. Excuse or reason? We can’t tell how busy his life is, or what priority his paintings are to him.

What does that mean?
This is a line from a much longer text, about 6 tweets long. The full text will be attached at the bottom of the post, and this is the 4th paragraph in the quote.

This quote starts by asking us to not make excuses for our difficulties or failures. The tough things take time and effort. If you keep trying, you stand a better chance than if you quit. That is all that excuses are, the foundation for quitting.

So if we aren’t going to quit, we need to focus on something other than what isn’t working or why we can’t do it. The quote urges us to focus on why this is a ‘must’ in our lives. This will help us build our resolve as well as our motivation.

With our resolve steeled and our motivation re-motivated, we should be ready to get back into it, and learn from the last round of effort. With those lessons in mind, it’s time to apply motivation, focus, and lessons to the next attempt. Because it must happen!

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If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked.


If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked. – Epictetus

Sometimes, it takes a little creativity to help yourself improve by eliminating excuses.

Sometimes, it takes a little creativity to help yourself improve by eliminating excuses.

What does that mean?
This is an interesting way of putting forward the question. How would you find ways to become better if you didn’t think you had imper-fections?

To find a way to improve, the first step should be the declaration of a need to improve. The greater the margin for improvement, the easier the first step will be, and the greater the distance you will cover.

If you want to be good, and you’re already pretty good, you’re going to have trouble finding those little things where you can try to improve. However, if you start from a position of having a long way to go, it’s easier.

By starting from the standpoint that where you are (no matter how good that may be) is the definition of wicked, you define a broad field for improvement, and a fair bit of incentive as well. And that is a big bonus.

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I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.


I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Is it a coach or his dad? Does it matter if they are encouraging them and helping them improve?

The coach or dad? Does it matter if they are encouraging them and helping them improve?

What does that mean?
This is a quote often used to woo a lover, or to smooth things over with a loved one after an issue has been resolved. However, again, I believe the quote can be applied to a larger group than just our lover. I believe that this quote can be applied to nearly all of humanity, if we are willing to try.

This is a shortened version of a longer quote, which is:

“I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.”

With the longer quote in mind, this could easily be applied to a mentor or teacher. It could also apply to many of your closer friends, those who helped you learn more about yourself.

It can also apply to anyone who believed in you, who encouraged you when you may have had doubts about yourself or your abilities. It is my belief that this quote is about all the best motivations we have as humans.

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Anger destroys our peace of mind and causes trouble. It also hampers our ability to function properly.


Anger destroys our peace of mind and causes trouble. It also hampers our ability to function properly. – Dalai Lama

He doesn't quote look angry, yet. Peace of mind looks to be destroyed. Will he learn how to calm himself?

He doesn’t seem to be angry, yet. His peace of mind looks to be destroyed. Trouble may be on the horizon. His ability to function, diminished. Will he learn how to calm himself?

What does that mean?
At the beginning of the quote, it talks about how anger destroys our peace of mind. I don’t know about you, but when I’m angry, my peace of mind goes away quickly. These two are, in my opinion and experience, antagonist emotions.

And while it is possible to get into trouble when in other emotional states, if one is angry, it seems to be far easier to accomplish. Anger and trouble are often seen walking together. It’s an unpleasant combination. If you haven’t been there, trust me, you don’t want them to visit you.

That brings us to the close of the quote. Anger and our ability to function properly. As humans we function on logical and emotional levels. Anger messes with our logic, and completely twists our emotions. That’s a one-two punch to proper function, right?

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I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.


I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good. – Seneca

There are still places where certain books are banned because of their content or their author. What is with us, people?

There are still places where certain books are banned because of content or author. Protect children, but let the rest of us learn.

What does that mean?
This is a variant translation of a longer quote, which talks about being the bearer of bad news, and his willingness to do so, in a good cause. The example used was telling sailors about to leave of an approaching storm.

This quote is an interesting twist on the longer version of the quote. None the less, it poses an interesting question. How bad would an author have to be before you would refuse to cite them, even if their words applied?

Was Nero too brutal and bloody for you to ever quote him? What about Hitler? Is there anyone who you would write off because you considered them to be too bad of a person? That is an interesting thought, isn’t it?

What if the ‘bad’ used wasn’t modifying the character of the author, but their quality of writing? Is there anyone who has writing so bad that you would not quote them under any circumstances? Can you explain why?

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Men are born to succeed, not fail.


Men are born to succeed, not fail.Henry David Thoreau

Ooops! Fail! To achieve driving success, you will have to learn from this experience, and try again.

Fail! To achieve driving success, you will have to learn from this experience, and try again.

What does that mean?
While some might feel this quote is overly optimistic, I believe it is exactly right. When we are born, we can do nothing. We can hardly breathe.

We can’t feed ourselves unless something is put in our mouths. We’re a mess. Any progress from there is a success. As we grow, we try more things, learn what works and what does not, and have continued success.

Yes, there may be a setback or two (or three, if you’re really unlucky), but eventually you succeed at walking, talking, and feeding yourself. You were not born to fail, although some choose that path.

Life is challenging. Each day brings some old and some new challenges. We easily rise to conquer some of them, others are a bit more difficult. But if we keep learning and keep trying, we will eventually succeed.

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Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.


Being honest might not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones. – John Lennon

If you don't recognize this icon of American Politics, this is Honest Abe Lincoln.

If you don’t recognize this icon of American Politics, this is Honest Abe Lincoln. He could not tell a lie, so rumor has it.

What does that mean?
This quote is about a quality which I have fairly strong feelings: honesty. I believe that anyone who expects you to lie to them has at least an ego problem, if not many others.

This quote states that being honest will likely cost you a number of friends. Telling people the hard truths will offend some. That’s OK. If they walk out of your life in a huff, even better.

The ones who leave, they weren’t really friends, were they? They may have been close acquaintances, but my definition of a friend requires an ability to tell and receive the truth, even the ones which are a little unpleasant.

The quote ends by saying that the ones who remain, those are your true friends. They can take the truth, although they may give you some coaching on tact afterwards. These are the people who are strong enough to take the truth, and to give it back to you, when you need it most.

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