What's Your Excuse?

What will be your Excuse in 2014 for not writing a book? What will be your Excuse this year for not writing a book?

As I write this blog today I work for a Xulon Press as a publishing consultant.   People call in from all over the world; I’m the guy on the other end of the phone that listens to their ideas and takes the time to consult with them.  I encourage them; I partner with them and help fulfill their dream of writing and publishing their book.  It is the first time most of them ever really consider themselves as an author, which is a significant accomplishment. 

I have been in the trenches with thousands of aspiring authors. I ask them what’s holding them back.  I even coined a phrase “two pages a day will get your book published right away”. I tell them their dream is literally in their hands and you know what?  They respond!  By the grace of God I have been able to help hundreds of Christian authors finish and publish their books!  Do you know the crazy thing about being part of hundreds of books that will help people, bring about blessings to an untold amount of Gods people?  I hadn’t done it myself!

The company I work for wanted me to write a book.  They would even publish it for me.  Still, I hadn’t written one.   I’m not a good typist so I bought software that types perfectly what I speak and I still hadn’t started.

Would you like to know why I hadn’t written a book?  EXCUSES.  We get them for free at the Excuse Academy I guess.  We wake up every day wanting to lose weight, wanting to exercise, wanting to open a business, wanting to go back to school, wanting to spend more time with our families, or wanting to (insert your personalized “want” here).  We’ve prayed about it, dreamed about it and some of us have driven people completely nuts because we don’t stop talking about it! Yet…where is it?  WE ARE STILL IN THE SAME PLACE!!!

Twenty three years have gone by since I first wanted to write a book. I saw this nice booklet and feel in love with it. I started to write on my notepad, I told my friends and family that I was going to be an author, then the excuses came pouring in. I’m too busy now; let me put it off to next year. I just got married and I need to concentrate on building a family. Just purchased my first house I don’t have the money, I took a bigger role at work and now I don’t have time…bla, bla.bla 276 months of excuses 1,196 weeks of excuses 8,3395 days of excuses. Excuses somehow make you feel good about not being as great as you can be.  Let me repeat that because it’s important:  You have excuses that somehow make you feel good about not being as great as you can be!

Here are some of the daily excuses we hear at Xulon Press

I’m not perfect, who am I to give advice?

I’m not sure what to write about.

You need to pay me for my book

I don’t have the time.

I don’t have the money.

I can’t do this alone.

Who’s going to buy my book?

....And the Hall of Fame of excuses “Let me pray about it” yea I said it! That one kills me, and trust me I have 25 years of ministry and I’ve been guiltiy of using that one myself.

P.E.S Programmed Excuse Syndrome


We automatically go into the file in our head and pull it out and insert it in the right place and time.  Some of us plan our excuse in advance while others can give an excuse to any situation at the drop of a hat?  Which one are you?

The problem with excuses is that although we don’t realize it; we allow it to shape our future.  We don’t realize it but our family, and those around us, suffers because of our inability to be accountable. Your dreams will never leave your pillow, your weight will never decrease and your IQ will never go up. Worse of all Dreams are never taken off of the pillow.  The worse thing is God’s will for your life never get accomplished.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes Excuse as:

A.      To make apology for

B.      To try to remove blame from

Google describes it as:  An excuse is an attempt to lessen the blame attached to a fault.  To use an excuse is to seek to defend or justify an action or inaction.

Here’s my favorite – A reason put forward to conceal the real reason for an action or inaction.

Excuses have been part of our makeup since the birth of man.  It can be seen throughout the Bible

He that is good at making excuses is seldom good at anything else
— Benjamin Franklin
Excuses change nothing, but make everyone feel better
— Mason Cooley

Welcome to your first day of trying to live an Excuse-Free life.  We are all programmed to throw out excuse after excuse and we don’t think twice about it.  I’m a living example of getting out of situations by using simple, everyday excuses.  I have deflected blame by shielding myself with excuse after excuse, but today I’m happy to announce that I submitted my first manuscript to the editing department Titled Excuses-Excuse “We all have them which one is yours”

I don’t know if anyone is going to buy it, but I don’t want to keep putting my dreams on hold!

Peter LopezComment