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8 Ways to Stop Making Excuses in Order to Unlock an Intentional Life
The devastating consequences of making excuses

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People often ask me, ‘How does making excuses impact intentional purpose-driven change in life?’

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” As cruel as that sounds, Franklin’s words are closer to reality than we think. Until we stop making excuses, we will encounter consequences to living our lives with focus, purpose, and intentionality. 

If we want to overcome our excuses, we must admit that we are making them and why.

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In This Week’s Momentum Friday Episode, John R. Miles Explores Why We Must Stop Making Excuses and Take Responsibility For Our Actions.

If you discovered this episode of Passion Struck, you might find yourself making excuses. Perhaps you have a colleague, friend, or partner who makes excuses, and you wonder why. I will be taking an in-depth look into why we make excuses, how to recognize we are making them, the consequences when we don’t stop making excuses, and eight techniques to help you go after your dreams. I will use the story of actress Winona Ryder to showcase the consequences of excuses and how they impact our lives.

  • The ramifications of our choices
  • How excuses impacted Winona Ryders’ Career
  • The three reasons people make excuses
  • What are the consequences of excuses?
  • 8 techniques to stop making excuses
  • Why making excuses prevents us from living intentionally
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Questions For You And Your Friends Or Family Members To Discuss This Episode

  • Why do so many people make excuses for their actions?
  • What are the consequences when we don’t stop making excuses?
  • What did you learn from the story of Winona Ryder?
  • Why do you make excuses?
  • What are the consequences of the excuses you make?
  • What is one way you will start addressing your excuses following this episode?
  • How can you apply the episode to your life?
  • How will you approach how you stop making excuses in the future?
178 | 8 Ways to Stop Making Excuses to Unlock an Intentional Life | Passion Struck with John R. Miles
178 | 8 Ways to Stop Making Excuses to Unlock an Intentional Life | Passion Struck with John R. Miles

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About John R. Miles

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John R. Miles is the CEO, and Founder of PASSION STRUCK®, the first of its kind company, focused on impacting real change by teaching people how to live Intentionally. He is on a mission to help people live a no-regrets life that exalts their victories and lets them know they matter in the world. For over two decades, he built his own career applying his research of passion struck leadership, first becoming a Fortune 50 CIO and then a multi-industry CEO. John is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and author.


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