Excuse factory: How to be ethical?

We all give excuses from time to time. We might call it poor planning or being anemic. But when it comes to excuses, do we know what is good for us? Today, we will look at the definition of an excuse, the circumstances that lead us to make one, and the repercussions of making a lousy excuse. Also, you will be more equipped to combat self-sabotage and make valid justifications that do not harm your social circle after reading this blog. So put on your big pants to get this party started!

First, let us explain an excuse?

We all make errors. We make terrible decisions from time to time, and we fail to respond correctly at other times. However, rather than facing the consequences of our choices, we often make excuses to avoid taking action or making adjustments. It can have severe ramifications and result in undesirable actions and outcomes. If, we are to live with integrity and achieve our goals, we must let go of meaningless excuses. That doesn’t imply we have to be perfect; it just means we are willing to accept responsibility for the consequences of our actions. That is a big step, but it is worth taking if we want to live a life of purpose and meaning.

Excuse face by Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash
Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash

Factors that drive us to give an excuse.

Don’t we all thrive on giving excuses? We always find a way to offer ourselves an out, no matter how hard we try. Is it, however, such a negative thing? Some of the circumstances that cause us to make excuses could be beneficial. Recognizing when you are making an excuse, for example, can help you get to the root of the problem faster.

Doing so will help you avoid giving excuses in the future, which will reduce the stress and tension that comes with them. Fear, guilt, and embarrassment are the most prevalent motivations for making an excuse. We make excuses to avoid facing the fact that we are incorrect or uncomfortable. Also, by addressing the issue head-on, we can break the cycle and move on from the situation.

Lousy and Genuine excuses.

Everybody makes mistakes. Unfortunately, sometimes these mistakes can lead to tension and conflict. That’s where the art of excuses comes in. By giving a valid excuse, parties can defuse tension and improve communication. Lousy excuses are rehearsed and used often, whereas genuine reasons are proper but unexpected.

Genuine excuses can benefit the person making them as they show the responsibility for their actions. Pairing an apology with a genuine excuse has a much better impact. So next time you find yourself in a botched-up situation, remember to be genuine!

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What is the impact on our social circle when our excuses are lousy?

Now and again, we come up with a pathetic rationale that is difficult to swallow. As a result, we lose touch with our friends and family and even begin to feel like a leper. I am telling you this from my experience. Lousy excuses make us look bad in front of others and can lead to frustration or anger. As a result, we start to feel like the odd one out and lose connection with people we care about. It is a vicious cycle that can spiral out of control very quickly. To avoid this, take a step back and examine why our excuse is faulty. If we can accomplish that, we might be able to salvage our relationship with individuals we care about. At the very least, we will avoid feeling like a burden to them.

How to overcome self-sabotage when giving an excuse?

We all make excuses regularly. And, we may do it to avoid responsibility or suffering, but our happiness and success are typically the prices we pay. We end up feeling guilty or regretful, while it becomes harder and harder to overcome our reluctance. Remember that it is not our fault! We are only human. So, how do we break the cycle of self-destruction and begin to experience success and happiness? The answer lies in remembering that it is a natural human instinct to find an excuse not to do something. But once we let go of our lousy excuses, we begin to experience true success and happiness. So, armed with this knowledge, we can start overcoming self-sabotage and live life to the fullest!

So, what can we do to break the habit of giving lousy excuses? Here are six tips:

  1. Recognize that we are likely to give lousy excuses because it is a natural human instinct.

  2. Allow ourselves to move with our instincts rather than fighting or resisting them.

  3. Be honest and recognize when an excuse is lousy before offering it up for discussion with others.

  4. If we find that our lousy excuses are causing us negative consequences, we can try to figure out why and make changes.

  5. Practice vulnerability and be honest with those we care about. It will help us to overcome any self-imposed barriers and become more authentic.

  6. Finally, remember that making mistakes is perfectly OK! Life is full of it, and learning from them is essential for success.

Being ethical when giving an excuse.

There are many reasons to give ethical excuses, whether for work, school, or social events. Being ethical means being honest and taking responsibility for your actions. Being ethical also means being sure to think about your excuse before giving it. For example, if your excuse will harm someone, be sure to think long and hard about what you are saying. By being thoughtful and ethical, we are sending a strong message that we care about others and the situation we are in. Ultimately, choosing to be ethical can often feel harder than taking the easy route, but it’s worth it in the end.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of an excuse?

We use an excuse to protect ourselves from negative consequences. For instance, if I arrive late to work and make a stupid excuse – my manager may discipline or terminate me. Instead, I avoid these negative effects by giving an ethical excuse and demonstrating that I am concerned about the problem.

Can excuses be addictive?

Yes, excuses may be addictive because they provide temporary relief from stress or anxiety, and they can give a sense of control or mastery over situations.


Our excuses are plenty. Whether it’s for something we are not proud of or to avoid awkwardness, we all do it. Our excuses, on the other hand, can have a detrimental impact on our social circle. We may fight self-sabotage by recognizing the many forms of excuses and how they affect us. So, the next time you find yourself making an excuse, take a step back and evaluate the situation before responding.

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