Today I worked out for the first time since I was in a wreck. The reason is pretty simple. I have used the wreck as an excuse not to. Sure I needed to take some time and let my body heal, but I didn’t need to wait this long to work out again. I’m not one of those people who loves working out, so I just used the wreck as an excuse to not. Today I had to fight hard against the urge to not work out. There are many things I needed to take care of tonight. I needed to write this blog post. I needed to have a quiet time. I needed to clean up the house a bit. I needed to respond to some emails. Those aren’t bad things to do, but it doesn’t change that I also needed to work out.
It is easy to come up with excuse. At least it is for me. Why didn’t you work out? *Insert excuse here* Why didn’t you have a quiet time? *Insert excuse here* Why did you lie? *Insert excuse here* Why did you yell at Angela? *Insert excuse here* Why didn’t you write a new blog post? *Insert excuse here* People often say excuses won’t get you anywhere. I would disagree with that. They just don’t get you closer to your goal. Excuses push you further away from it. One thing I know is that no one ever reached their goal by using excuses. [Tweet this]
So how exactly do you get away from using excuses? To be honest, I’m not really sure. I feel like most people would say, just do (or don’t do) whatever it is that you are making an excuse for. That isn’t very practical though. The best thing I have come up with is to think of the end product and what it takes to get there. If I want to grow traffic on my blog, I probably need to post more. If I want to lose weight, I need to work out. If I want the house to be clean, I need to clean it.
It’s time to kick excuses to the curb, or at least try to. I’m sure I can come up with an excuse not to.
Do you have a way to prevent yourself from using excuses? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
until next time…
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