Lies We Tell (and Other Misdirection).


Just this once.   I said that last time, too.

It’s not really cheating.   Yes, it is.

Everybody does it.   They don’t, but it feels better to say that.

I don’t have the time.   I have the time, but not the priority.

I can handle it.   I hope I can.

It’s not my fault.   I’d rather blame something or someone else.

I can’t help it.   I have a bunch of excuses and I know how to use them!

I’m too busy/I’m too tired.   I’m poorly organized and stressed out.

Nobody told me.   I chose not to listen.

This is different.   No, it isn’t.

I know what I’m doing.   “You’re not the boss of me!”

It doesn’t matter.   Yes, it does.

It’s not fair!   All together now: “Life isn’t fair!”

Pick your topic – it really doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about cheating on a diet or cheating on a spouse, breaking a promise or breaking the law. The language we use, both internally and externally, can be very revealing.

Are you taking responsibility or making excuses?


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6 thoughts on “Lies We Tell (and Other Misdirection).”

  1. The books I’m listening to – audio types – have been making me stop short and listen to myself think before I speak. I’m breaking negative thinking habits so my external utterances beckon what I want to reflect back to me. If I find myself unable to speak positive, I just stay silent. Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open my mouth and remove all doubt – eh?

    1. That’s a great tactic. When we let our mental negative narrative run on, it becomes our normal self-speak and a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we don’t demand better of ourselves, how can we ask it of others? Good on you, my friend!

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