You can have results or excuses. Not both.
I’ve always been pretty dedicated. Dedicated to my fitness, to my job, to my goals and I’ve also been the type of person who holds other people accountable.
Excuses infuriate me. If you don’t like the way something is and it is something you have control over or could have control over and you live in your excuses instead, I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for you.
We all have excuses and sometimes we all give in to them. It’s natural. Sometimes you just can’t do it all but if you start to become a product of your excuses you are the problem.
Let’s jump in with a hypothetical example.
When you were 20, you could eat and drink whatever you wanted and your metabolism was like “Sure! Have that Creme Brulee. Your pants will fit tomorrow.” Now, 15 years later, your metabolism has slowed, you can’t eat and drink the way you once could and you’ve gained weight.
Okay, we all gain weight. Let’s make some goals, crush those goals and get that weight off. It’s all fun and dandy until two weeks in, the carbs are calling, the desserts are singing to you and the gym just doesn’t sound so great. So, instead, you perch on a couch with a milkshake and a movie and the next thing you know, you’ve broken the cycle.
Did you know that it takes the brain about two months to form a new routine? So, for a couple weeks it is going to be fun and easy and you’ll be bouncing along just fine. Then it gets hard and that’s when you have to push through. Your head will tell you all kinds of reasons not to stick to your plan and your goals but you have to stick through it until it becomes a routine. Even when it is a routine, you have to fight through excuses to stick to your goals.
Work gets crazy, family stuff is piling up. I get it. We’re all busy but if you are lazing around, you’re not doing your body any favors despite the excuses you make up to trick your brain into thinking you are “listening to your body.”
So, what is the difference between listening to your body and giving in to your excuses? Your body doesn’t need a rest day after each active day. Especially if your job is sitting at a desk which is the boat many of us are in. Your body craves movement and you are designed to move. A body at rest, stays at rest. A body in motion stays in motion.
Are you in actual pain? Is there an injury? Or are you just sore or looking for a reason to skip a day… or two? Take a moment and ask yourself is there an actual injury or legitimate reason you aren’t sticking to your goals or your routine or are you making excuses?
That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have a couple days where you just recharge now and then but when you die, do you want to look back at your life and say, “Gee am I glad that I spent so much time on that couch?” Or do you want to look back and say that you lived life to the fullest, took care of your body and did you best to live a life not built on excuses but built on action?
If you want to change something, stop complaining about it and just do it. The definition of insanity is repeating the same patterns and expecting different results.
Are you holding on to weight? Take a look at the choices you are making. Are you always running out of money? Take a hard look at your bank account and see where that money is going and how you can cut back?
If you spent half as much time and effort working towards being better and being your best you and fixing the things you want to change as you do making excuses, you would be there already.
Think about that. What are your excuses doing to you? What is something positive about all the excuses you make? Nothing. Do you even realize you are making excuses? Possibly, but probably not. Because you are justifying them in your head.
What do you want to change? What goals do you want to accomplish? Set goals, crush them and set new ones. Never get complacent. Stop making excuses and start getting results.