Excuses Excuses

Oh I’ve got thousands of them! I can even come up with one on the spur of the moment if I have to.  Trouble is I think I’ve become too good at coming up with excuses because I’m using them on myself.   I’m not talking about ridiculous lame excuses like “Cocaine? I thought it was chewing gum”.  Oh Paris.  Really?  I’m talking about the excuses I come up with for myself to get out of doing things.  Like working out, cleaning the house, weeding the garden, meditating, writing, etc.  I truly am my own worst enemy.  I know what I should do.  I’ve read all the books; I’ve watched all the inspiring self-help videos.   I am great at sharing all of this information to help others who may require it, but when it comes to me actually doing these things…too often I find an excuse.

We all may be mocking Paris Hilton for her “chewing gum” excuse right now but you know what I think?  I think any excuse is equally lame.  Especially those that are holding you back from being the best that you can be.

Iphone even has an excuse application.  It is just for laughs but still, it makes me nervous that we have accepted “coming up with excuses” to the point of having an app for that.

From now on I’m going to follow the advice of Leo Babauta of Zen Habits and

  1. See the positive. Excuses are usually made because we don’t feel like doing something — we’re accentuating the negative. Instead, see the fun in something, the joy in it. And maintain a positive attitude, or you’ll never beat the excuses.
  2. Take responsibility. Excuses are ways to get out of owning up to something. If we don’t have the time, money, equipment, etc., then it’s not our fault, right? Wrong. Take responsibility, and own the solution.
  3. Find a solution. Just about every problem has a solution. Don’t have time? Start with just 5-10 minutes. Make the time. Wake earlier. Do it during lunch. Don’t have a gym membership? Workout at home or in the office. Don’t have the energy? Do it when you have higher levels of energy. You’re smart. Figure out the solution.
  4. See your goal. This is your motivation — your reason for doing it. Sure, you could just lay on the couch, but if you think about why you really want to pursue a goal, you’ll be motivated. Visualize that goal and just get started.
  5. Be accountable. Have a workout partner, a project partner, a team, someone to report to. If you have to meet a coach or partner, you’re more likely to do something.
  6. Go ahead and make your excuses. Then do it anyway.
  7. Watch the video below. Then go and do it.

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4 thoughts on “Excuses Excuses

  1. Wow I love all of his excuses! His attitude is that of someone who is full of achievement!

    In date night when Tina Fey didn’t want to fool around with her husband she used “she was gassy” I killed myself laughing, cause he wouldn’t dare try to persuade her to go for it! I don’t think I could actually say that without peeing on my cheeks though, and that might kill the mood!

    As a joke years ago if Scott didn’t want to go over to friends of ours house I would say he had diarrhea for that same reason, no one would ever say “oh come on, come over”!

    I am trying to think of why I haven’t lost that last 10 pounds…I think it’s my safety net for two reasons, will he like me for who I am, not my rockin body 🙂 lol and it will take me about two months to get ripped so I will feel comfortable dropping my dress! lol
    Excuses happen before the fact, lies are told after the fact! No real difference really.

    *Don’t believe anything I say unless your one of my kids!*

    I wouldn’t say I have all the excuses but I am prepared for whatever might happen, is that the same? 🙂

    What’s your best excuse everyone!

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