Excuses. We all have them. They are automatic. They take no thinking. They take no creativity. They are there. If you don’t have them, you’re lying. We all use them. We like to pretend they render us powerless.
Excuses can be powerful though. We let them debilitate us. They keep us from moving forward. They keep us from taking that first step.
Some of our excuses blare at us constantly. You know these excuses. You’ve told yourself these a million times. The “it’s not my fault,” “I couldn’t help it,” “I can’t do it,” “I don’t have time,” “I can’t afford it,” “I’ll start Monday.”
These are the kind of excuses we use to leave the knot slipped or the door open so we can slip out or run out when our goals are harder than we thought they would be. It’s when we want to leave and this gives us the out. We are afraid to fail and when the going gets tough, we want out. Peace out.
Excuses sabotage our results. They sabotage our dreams. They sabotage everything we are trying to do to succeed. They take away our power. They take away our creativity. They take away our ability to get results, to get the results we so desperately want. The results we are so desperately striving to achieve. Excuses rob us of our happiness.
So how do we overcome them? Think of a time in your life when you did something and had great results. Why did you have those results? Why did you succeed? More than likely it was because you didn’t let excuses creep into ear shot. You wouldn’t listen. You didn’t listen. You chose to move forward. You committed yourself.
If you are trying to lose weight or trying to get to the gym three or four times a week, commit to yourself. Release the excuses. Don’t listen to the mental chatter trying to sabotage your results. Take action. Take that first step. Imagine what your life will look like. See the person you are trying to become. Break up with your excuses.