Before I started teaching fitness classes someone told me, “If there was a group of people I could workout with I would be much more motivated.” After I started teaching that same person told me, “I don’t think I could workout in front of people. I prefer to workout alone.”
Someone else once said to me, “I love that class, but I can’t make it on that night.” I replied, “Then why don’t you come to the 6am class?” They responded, “That’s too early for me.”
People have said to me, “6am is too early. If there was a class later I would come.” So I made a 7am time slot for a while. Those people never came.
“I can’t workout outside.”
“Once I lose some weight…”
“I wish I could but….”
“I don’t have time.”
“I’m too tired.”
You get the picture. These are all excuses. And it’s not that certain “thing” that keeps them from working out; that “thing” is only the excuse. Truthfully, if there isn’t one, there’s going to be another.
We are all guilty. We all could come up with a perfectly valid excuse or two as to why we cannot do a certain thing, at a certain time, and with a certain group.
We need to realize that we will never achieve our goals with excuses!
So the question is… how do we get rid of our excuses?
Honestly, the answer lies in retraining your mind.
- Read Between the Lines.
The excuse is not the real reason why you don’t do it (whatever your “it” is). Take some time to figure out what is really stopping you. Are you scared? Are you lazy? Do you just not care about it? Once you figure out your real reason, you can begin to really work through your excuses.
- Take a Look Around You.
Who do you spend most of your time with? Are they other excuse-makers? Do they feed your excuses? If so, consider spending more time with people who build you up and encourage you to pursue your goals.
- Stop the Buts.
Stop ending your statements in but. “I would but…” Whenever you hear yourself using the word “but,” realize you are making an excuse, and switch your thinking around.
- Stop Overthinking.
Stop spending so much time thinking about why you can’t, or what could go wrong. More often than not, if you could just get rid of your excuses you will find you actually enjoy the thing you are avoiding.
- Ask Yourself.
Ask yourself, “Is my excuse a good enough reason to keep me from achieving my goals?”
- Take Responsibility.
Realize that is not someone else’s responsibility. You alone are responsible for what you let stop you. It’s all about you, your mindset, and what you will allow to get in the way of your goals.
At the end of the day, the saying is true: “If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.”