Lankan excuses for shirking


On average a Sri Lankan makes four excuses daily to shirk his/her duties, to defend his or her behaviour, to neglect taking a particular kind of action or as a means of negating their responsibility, reveal the findings of a recent survey.

The survey titled Study to Understand reasons for not doing what is important, conducted by Lanka Market Research Bureau (Pvt.) Limited has found that the most common excuses are ‘lack of time’ (80%), ‘fear of failure’ or ‘doubting the ability to achieve it’ (45%), ‘not worth trying’ (38%), and ‘I don’t know how to do it’ (26%).

The all-island quantitative survey covering all nine provinces was conducted among a sample of 2,548 men and women aged 15-55 years. The sample was drawn using a stratified random sampling approach such that it was representative of the Sri Lankan population between the ages of 15 to 55 years in terms of gender, age, urbanization (based on LMRB classification) and province. The information was elicited through interviewer-administered face-to-face interviews in Sinhala and Tamil at the respondent’s home. The fieldwork for the study was conducted from June 21, 2016 to July 05, 2016.

The report said: "It is easy to make excuses when things don’t turn out as expected or when taking responsibility is neglected or when we try to explain why we didn’t, couldn’t or shouldn’t do something; some would say it’s only human nature. However, all of these ‘reasons’ set the basis that indicates a life of excuses, which prevents us from living to our full potential.

"In life, it is easy to get sidetracked and give way to negativity. When that happens, many go through being saturated with negativity and accepting it as the easiest solution. While it is impossible to always control what takes place, it is possible to control how we can respond to it by creating a positive environment where we can be motivated to overcome and achieve long and short-term responsibilities and goals.

"Even though excuses vary from person-to-person, there are certain excuses that we all tend to make at one point or another. However, identifying these excuses can teach you more about yourself. Not only will it help you identify your weaknesses and flaws, but they will also help you identify the areas of your life that you should be giving more attention to.

"IQ Matrix, a highly sourced reference that aims to improve and maximize life potential through the use of a potent combination of mind mapping and life coaching principles, has identified six commonly used excuses, what they mean and how we can deal with them," the report said. The commonly used excuses are ‘Lack of time’, ‘I’m too old or young’, ‘I don’t know how’, ‘I’m afraid to fail’, ‘It’s not the right time’ and ‘I’m not inspired.’

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