A good friend of mine once told me that excuses only make YOU feel better. What is the point of an excuse? No one has ever thought, “He really screwed me over by not following through on what he said, but at least he had an excuse.” Whew! It is important to get to the root of the problem sometimes and that is what we think we are doing when we make excuses. “I was late, because of traffic.” The problem is still there, you were late. Instead of worrying about making yourself look or feel better, try saying what you will do to fix the problem. “Sorry I was late guys, let me take the task no one else wants.”