“If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.”
I first heard this quote as a teenager from one of my youth sports coaches. At the time I thought it was his own idea but as I’ve grown older I realize that this thought has been around for sometime, and that the origin or initial author of the quote is unknown, so we will attribute it as anonymous.
Whomever spoke it is irrelevant. The fact is that this is important advice. This isn’t an attack on anyone. We all have moments where for various reasons we are unable to keep a date, to make time for something we wanted to do, or to spend time working on something valuable to us. This isn’t an invalidation of excuses. Real life happens and there honestly are many valid excuses. A different coach of mine was fond of saying: “excuses are for losers.” This was one of the few instances where I disagreed with him. I don’t think he genuinely thought that excuses were for losers, but rather wanted to iterate the point that if something is important, you must find a way.
Conditions may never be ideal. There will always be an excuse. At worst, allow whatever valid excuse stands in your way to be a minor delay rather than a block to achieving your goals. Do not let an excuse, no matter how valid, be a permanent impediment to what you hope to achieve. There will always be something that can stand in your way. It is up to you to find a way around this.
I believe we can all do this. Do not feel shame if you experience the occasional or even frequent setback. What matters most is your effort, your direction, and your refusal to quit.