Your Excuses are B.S.

Excuses get you nowhere…

I don’t have time…

I’m tired…

I don’t feel good…

I’m sore…

It’s too cold/hot…

We all use excuses in every aspect of our lives… But when was the last time an excuse got you closer to a goal??!! I’ll take a wild guess that it has been a while…

Look, I get it. I use excuses all the time. Usually I use them to get me out of something that I don’t really want to do. The problem is, we tend to let our excuses drift into what we think we want too. Think about it this way, if you get used to using excuses in your personal life, wouldn’t it make sense that you would start using excuses at work too? Excuses are a habit and willpower is a muscle.

The more excuses you use, the more you will put off taking action.

If you are always using willpower to overcome your excuses, you won’t ever work hard or long enough for positive action to become a habit. If you don’t create a habit of positive action, you will be over using your willpower muscle. Which in turns means you will constantly be losing an internal battle between what you want now and what you want in the future.

I use the motto “Out Run Your Excuses” to remind myself to stop making excuses and do it anyway. I’m not even close to perfect, but through the years, I’ve learned to take more action and make less excuses. On days I don’t feel like running, I give myself a very hard assessment of what is going on. Is it necessary to keep sleeping and skip a run/workout, or am I looking for an excuse because “I just don’t feel like it…)? This a major reason I employ the “One Mile Rule”. If I can force myself to get out of bed and start, I can usually finish my routine. It’s getting past my excuses and to force myself to take the first step. Once I take the first step, habit takes over and I generally have a successful workout.

For the days I have to take a second look at what is going on with my training, body, and mind, at least I have taken the first step out the door and given myself an honest assessment of the situation. If my body is really in bad shape and I need to call it quits for the day, I can accept it. Because I give myself the opportunity to succeed, I don’t feel guilty on the few days I need to be done early than expected.

Get over your excuses and it will change every aspect of your life. Give yourself and the people around you an honest assessment of the situation. Don’t come up with an excuse for your action/inaction. State what is really going on and move from there. People will appreciate your honesty and assessment of the situation.

Without excuses you will develop the positive habit of taking action toward your goals. When positive action becomes a habit, you can reserve your willpower for your next daunting task. You will be able to chip away, day by day, at your weakest self and create an unstoppable force within you.

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1 thought on “Your Excuses are B.S.

  1. Excellent post, Gary. Thanks for sharing this perspective. All so true. Honesty plays the biggest role. Keep up your great work!

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