Excuses show up and demand attention. You have to find the way to see beyond excuses and find one more step. There will always be a reason not to do it and there will always be a way to get it done. You have to choose.
I know it’s up to me, but I don’t always want to. Sometimes I look for an excuse not to. Sometimes I make up the excuse so I don’t have to.
Excuses are easy. All I have to do is think up something – anything- to allow me to say no. It doesn’t even have to make sense.
Breaking my stride is easy. All I have to do is stop and my stride, my rhythm, and often my focus will be broken. It is not complicated.
Choosing not to do it is as simple as choosing to do it. It can even take more energy and determination not to do than it does just to get it done.
The only way to get because the blocks, bumps, and stop signs is to make the choice to take a step and then take the step.
Fend Off the Excuses
- “It’s too late to start.” It is late and you will never be able to get it all in with the limited amount of time left in the day. You can get something done. You can take one step. You can do a small part of the puzzle. Something will always be more than nothing.
- “I don’t know (where to start, what to do, how to get there).” There will always be something you don’t know or don’t understand. You don’t have to understand it all to start. You don’t have to know to learn. Not knowing only means you have more opportunity.
- “That’s not the RIGHT way.” It is not the right way for others. It may not be the right way according to the existing knowledge. You are the first one of you and you are the only one that can determine your way. Your way will not be the right way for others but it will be your right way.
- “I don’t feel like it.” It is not a time of inspiration or motivation. Fake it until you make it. Fake the excitement of getting up and excercising until the endorphins kick in and the excitement is real. Fake the motivation to create something until the imagination kicks in and the motivation grows its wings. Fake the feelings until you make the feelings real.
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If you look hard enough, you will always find an excuse not to do what you know to do. You can expend the resources looking for the excuse or you can invest those same resources into getting it done. Your choice will allow you to fend off the excuses and find one more step or it won’t.
What are the biggest excuses that try to trip you up? Share below and let’s fend them off together!