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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Go ahead and make your excuses. Then do it anyway.
- Watch the video below. Then go and do it.