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Rebut Your ‘But’

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One of my self-improvement goals this year is to be consistent.  Sounds easy, wrong!  I have discovered that lurking behind every corner of my mind is an excuse to not get something done, to not be consistent, to not follow through.  Crazy as it seems my mind is my own worst enemy.

I’ve discovered I’m an expert in putting forward excuses to avoid taking action and getting things done. 

Here’s an example; this morning I thought today I’ll write a blog, But…

  1. I just got back from Italy;
  2. I’m really tired;
  3. I’m not in the mood;
  4. I don’t feel creative, etc.

It’s not that I didn’t want to take action, rather, my brain was sabotaging me -–it fed me with excuses. By allowing the simple word ‘but’ into my vocabulary I gave my brain the opportunity to throw me of course –to deter me from writing.

I rebutted my but and wrote this post.  I have to be alert to my use the word but; in fact the best thing I could do, for myself and everyone else around me, is rid my vocabulary of but.  I doubt I’ll be able to do that, at least not over night, BUT, I’ll be more aware of when and how I use ‘ but ‘ and prepare myself to rebut.

If you really want to do or accomplish something i.e. write a work report; exercise; learn a new language; save some money then spend some time figuring out how to rebut your but.  You’ll be glad you did. 

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4 thoughts on “Rebut Your ‘But’

  1. I felt the same when I returned to the office after a five weeks vacation. I haven’t restarted my daily exercise using the elliptical trainer and on the other hand my creativity has been like paralyzed. I will rebut my “buts” now! Thank you so much!

    • Hi Alberto, I trust you’ve managed your “butt” and are back into your daily routine? Exercise is hard to motivate ourselves for but I’ve never regretted a workout after its over. Cheers

  2. ahh the justification we find in BUT. Your words are so true. Can you imagine an argument without the word BUT? I would change the divorce rate

  3. Rather insightful, I’m sure a lot of things would change without this little word. I’m starting to notice changes and having to confront issues that I would have previously justified with but statements.

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