Self Help Lesson #6 Fifteen Reasons/Excuses For Not Doing Your Goals, The Star Chart or the Self-Help Homework Exercises:

Making EXCUSES like “I don’t feel like it…” is a form of procrastination. Where do you procrastinate? This worksheet can help you identify the excuses you make. shutterstock_160707473 medium size sign old life new life



Sample Excuses: In this column place a check mark beside all the reasons that apply to you:  Respond to each statement in your own words:
“I’m not convinced that the exercises will make a difference”.
“I don’t really trust the group leader, the handouts, the books.  Who are they, and what makes them such experts?”
“I’m not in the mood to do any assignments right now.  Maybe later”.
“This seems too much like being in school and doing homework.  Ugh!”
“I’m not used to writing in a book or on handouts.  I usually just read”.
“I feel so hopeless or worthless that I don’t think anything or anyone could ever help me”.
“I’m afraid I’m not smart enough to do a good job at this”.
“I don’t like being bossed around or told what to do”.
“I think other’s are to blame for my problems.  Why should I have to change?”
“I believe my bad mood results from a chemical imbalance, a nutrition problem, or an allergy, and so these exercises couldn’t really help”.
“I want to wait and read more (or read more books) before committing”.
“I’m afraid of what might happen if I do change.  My life may be miserable but at least it is familiar”.
“I’m afraid that other people may read what I write down or make negative judgments about my doing the exercises”.
“I believe that my moods are governed by forces beyond my control.  There’s really nothing I can do to change the way I feel”.
“I believe that I’m too seriously depressed, messed up, or phobic to be helped by this sort of thing”.

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