Motivational Quotes About Excuses, Laziness, & Responsibility

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Here are over 1000 motivational and inspirational quotes and sayings about excuses, laziness, and personal responsibility.

If you are serious about creating more success in your life, you are going to need to learn more self-discipline in the art of “taking action” and “following through”.

All too often people talk about their dreams, goals, and getting more from life, but in the end laziness kicks in and the they find many excuses as to why they were unable to succeed instead of owning up and being responsible.

Not enough time…

Not enough money…

Not enough connections…

Not enough education…

I’m too old…

It’s too hard…

And so on.

For as many people there are who have excuses, there are other people who have it harder and were able to succeed.


Because they have the right positive mindset.

If you keep a positive mindset, it will help give you the courage to follow through and take action towards your goals.

So whenever you need some inspiration, check out this page of quotes about excuses, laziness, and responsibility:

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Nobody is impressed with how good your excuses are.

Excuses are another way of saying, “I have no power or control over my life.”

Laziness is evil.

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

You can’t make excuses and money. Which is it going to be?

You can have results or you can have your excuses. You cannot have both.

If you own this story you get to write the ending. – Brene Brown

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.

The trouble is, you think you have time. – Buddha

Success is what comes after your stop making excuses. – Luis Galarza

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded. – Alexander Pope

When you’re good at making excuses, it’s hard to excel at anything else. -John L. Mason

Making excuses is one of a host of self-defeating behaviors and mental patterns that can block your success. ― Stephen Richards

Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. – Steven Grayhm

When I lost all of my excuses I found my results.

Are your excuses more important than your dreams?

Your excuses are just the lies your fears have sold you. – Robin Sharma

If you want to reach your goals you must shrink the size of your but.

Nobody cares about your excuses. Nobody pities you for procrastinating. Nobody will cuddle you because you feel like being lazy. It’s your life. Change it.

No more excuses, no more wasting of precious time, for now is a good a time as any, to begin doing what matters most.

There are only two options: Make progress or make excuses.

Nobody is impressed with how good your excuses are.

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.

The only person who is truly holding you back is you. No more excuses. It’s time to change. Time to live life at a new level rise higher.

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself.

An excuse is nothing more than a self-imposed roadblock. – C.C. Chapman

No more “I’ll do it tomorrow”.
No more “Buts …”
No more “I can’t”.
No more “It’s too hard”.
No more “I’m too tired”.
No more “Waiting for it to get easier”.
No more “Putting it off”.
No more “I don’t have enough money”.
No more “I’m not good enough”.
No more “I would if I….”
No more excuses.

Maturity comes when you stop making excuses and start making changes. – PowerPlug!

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. – Kenneth Blanchard

If you want it, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

Replace excuses with effort replace laziness with determination and everything else will fall into place.

Many things aren’t equal but everyone gets the same 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We make time for what we truly want.

Excuses will always be there for you, opportunity won’t.

The ones who find happiness are the ones who don’t make excuses. If it’s broken, they fix it… if it’s wrong, they make it right.

You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do. – Henry Ford

Nobody is too busy, it’s just a matter of priorities.

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

No more excuses or procrastination! Stop allowing your days to be stolen by busy nothingness. – Dr Steve Maraboli

Excuses are well planned lies! – Dani Johnson

Excuses. They are for people who don’t want it bad enough.

Excuses are for the weak. Responsibility is for the strong.

Excuses are the nails used to build the house of failure. – Unknown

Excuses are lies we tell ourselves so that it doesn’t have to be our fault.

Excuses are for people who don’t want it bad enough.

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. – George Washington Carver

Instead of feeding myself excuses why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can.

I don’t have time is the grown-up version of the dog ate my homework.

Sorry, I can’t today. My sister’s friend’s mother’s grandpa’s brother’s grandson’s uncle’s fish died, and yes it was tragic.

Never make excuses. Always wake up with a smile knowing that today you are going to have fun accomplishing what others are too afraid to do.

Nobody cares about your excuses. Nobody pities you for procrastinating. Nobody is going to cuddle you because you are lazy. It’s your ass. You move it.

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.

He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Ben Franklin

The first step of change is to become aware of your own bullshit.

If you are confused about why you aren’t where you want to be, you need to write down a list of your excuses and realize everything on that list is why. – #bossbabeTM

A day has enough hours. You just have too many excuses.

Stop saying I can’t. You can. You just choose not to.

Take responsibility and initiative for yourself. Stop blaming your circumstances on what you are able to change.

The only person who is truly holding you back is you. No more excuses, it’s time to change. It’s time to live life at a new level.

While you are still waiting to find an easy way (or the perfect time) someone else is already getting results because they decided making progress is more important than making excuses.

Be stronger than your excuses.

Be willing to walk alone. Many who started with you won’t finish with you.

Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.

Don’t look for excuses to lose. Look for excuses to win. – Chi Chi Rodriguez

Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better. – Mason Cooley

Someone once told me not to bite off more than I can chew. I said I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.

It doesn’t matter whether you are pursuing success in business, sports, the arts, or life in general: The bridge between wishing and accomplishing is discipline. — Harvey Mackay

Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

To rush into explanations (excuses) is always a sign of weakness. ― Agatha Christie

Once your excuses are gone, you will simply have to settle for being awesome! – Lorii Myers

Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them. – John Wooden

You will get what you want, when you stop making excuses on why you don’t have it.

Rule your mind or it will rule you. — Horace

Excuses are merely nails used to build a house of failure. – American Proverb

It is a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it. – Sophocles

There are thousands of excuses for every failure, but never a good reason. – Mark Twain

Bad things are always going to happen in life. People will hurt you. But you can’t use that as an excuse to fail or to hurt someone back. You’ll only hurt yourself.

This is your life. You are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don’t wait. – Natalie Goldberg

When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller.

Don’t make excuses. Make things happen. Make changes. Then make history. –
Doug Hall

Excuses are the tools with which persons with no purpose in view build for themselves great monuments of nothing. – Steven Grayhm

No one ever excused his way to success. ― Dave Del Dotto

Not managing your time and making excuses are two bad habits. Don’t put them both together by claiming you ‘don’t have the time’. – Bo Bennett

You can make excuses or you can make progress. You choose. – Brian Tracy

Put all your excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable. – Zig Ziglar

Ninety-nine percent of the failures comes from people who have the habit of making excuses. – George W. Carver

In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently. — Tony Robbins

Don’t make excuses, make something incredible happen in your life right now. – Greg Hickman

Negative thinking is subtle and deceptive. It wears many faces and hides behind the mask of excuses. It is important to strip away the mask and discover the real, root emotion. – Robert H. Schuller

The trouble with excuses, however, is that they become inevitably difficult to believe after they’ve been used a couple of times. ― Scott Spencer

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin

A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. – James Allen

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself. – Henry Ward Beecher

Put all excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable. – Zig Ziglar

Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done. – Hubert Selby Jr.

The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs. – Joan Didion

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. – Jim Rohn

Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help. ― Criss Jami

If you have passion, there is no need for excuses because your enthusiasm will trump any negative reasoning you might come up with. Enthusiasm makes excuses a nonissue. – Wayne Dyer

When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. – Ken Blanchard

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses. – William Arthur Ward

Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses in your life; you realize everything that happens in life is a result of the previous choice you’ve made and start making new choices to change your life. ― Roy T. Bennett

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. – Bob Moawad

Work on yourself first, take responsibility for your own progress. – I Ching

Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have NEVER gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams. Let go of your nonsense. Let go of the delusion that you DESERVE better and go EARN it! Today is a new day! ― Steve Maraboli

Do you find yourself making excuses when you do not perform? Shed the excuses and face reality. Excuses are the loser’s way out. They will mar your credibility and stunt your personal growth. – Alexander Pope

Self-discipline, the key to eternal life, is doing something that needs to be done whether or not you find it convenient. Self-discipline is usually motivated by our convictions, our internal hopes, and our desires. — Robert L. Simpson

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. ― Jordan Belfort

Personal responsibility is not only recognizing the errors of our ways. Personal responsibility lies in our willingness and ability to correct those errors individually and collectively. – Yehuda Berg

Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help. ― Criss Jami

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. – Eleanor Roosevelt

The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them. – Steve Maraboli

Failure is not our only punishment for laziness; there is also the success of others. – Jules Renard

We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort. -Jesse Owens



1. Have An Exciting Goal

If you want to accomplish more in life and stop making excuses, you must have a goal that excites you.

As Tony Robbins would say, “You must have a vision that pulls you.”

When you are truly excited and aligned with your passion, you will amaze yourself at how much you can do.

The truth is, we all have laziness inside of us.

All of us would much rather be curled up on the couch. It is part of human nature.

The main difference between people who get sh*t done and those who don’t, is that the person who takes action is excited by their vision.

2. Chunk It Down

One of the main reasons people don’t follow through is because they get overwhelmed.

They have a big project in mind and all of a sudden the weight becomes so daunting that they become frozen with indecision.

Create a monthly goal and then chunk it down by week and then by day.

As long as you see yourself making progress, you will feel good about what you are doing.

Take it one day at a time.

3. Enjoy The Process

I know…it sounds so cliche.

But guess what?

Because its true.

The journey is the goal. Stop trying to get from point A to point B and be in a rush.

If you don’t enjoy the process, you are missing the entire point.

4. Be Accountable

This is what separates adults from children.

This is what will help you grow by leaps and bounds is if you accept full responsibility for your actions.

If you mess up, own it.

You cannot change that which you do not own.

People who rise to the top own their action 100%.

So if you mess up one day, own it and learn from it.

5. Pick Yourself Back Up

Once you are fully accountable for any mistakes along the way, then it’s time to learn from it and move forward.

No need to dwell or cry about it.

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and move forward.

6. Reward Yourself

As you accomplish your tasks make sure yo reward yourself along the way.

This is going to be especially important if you have a big project at hand.

Since the “big reward” may not pay off for a while, make sure to do small things for yourself so you can experience and taste the success along the way.


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