Are Excuses Keeping You From Your Goals?

by | Sep 13, 2022

Your excuses are completely valid.

How’d the weekend go?

Was your nutrition on point? Did you get 8 hours of sleep per night? Did you move your body every single day? Did you do all the things you know you’re supposed to do?

The answer is no, for me.

If it’s a no for you too, that’s ok.

I’ve got plenty of excuses as to why I didn’t keep my shit together this weekend. I’m sure you’ve got plenty of excuses as well.

And guess what … they’re all valid.

I had to deal with birthday celebrations, a Bar Mitzvah, pouring rain all weekend, and watching the Eagles capture a big win on Sunday.

That led to less than ideal nutritional choices, quite a bit of alcohol, and not as much walking as I’d normally like.

You may have had similar excuses like running your kids around to various practices, social events, lack of time, weather, or whatever else came up for you this weekend.

All valid excuses.

But there’s a secret to all of this.

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Ok, now let’s reveal the secret about excuses.

Time, money, genetics, environment, work, family, spouse, and whatever else is getting in the way …

They are completely valid and don’t ever let anyone make you feel bad about them.

However, the secret is …

They can be valid AND you can decide not to allow them to stop you from reaching your goals.

Both truths can exist simultaneously.

Often times, I write about quality habits that go a long way in changing your life, how you look, and how you feel.

I’ll say things like … drink enough water, eat quality foods, eat enough food to support your activity, manage stress, get enough sleep, walk plenty, and lift weights.

And without fail, every time I mention stuff like that I get inundated with unicorns.

What I mean is this … people feel the need to tell me about their unique situation and why it makes accomplishing those habits very difficult.

Things like … I work crazy hours so it’s impossible for me to get enough sleep!

Or … I don’t have the time to get to the gym 3-4 days per week.

Or … I don’t know how much to eat and what to eat and I don’t have the money to hire a coach.

Valid. All of them.

How to move past your excuses and get the results you want

So what are the options?

Option 1… Allow your excuses to keep you stuck. Decide that you are going to lean in on your excuses and change nothing. You might as well get a t-shirt made with your excuses printed on them so you can wear those excuses with pride.

Option 2 … Understand that your excuses are valid and present a challenging situation … and then find a way to do what YOU CAN. Realize it doesn’t need to be perfect but get resourceful and do everything you can to make it happen.

What does that look like?

It looks like saying … you know, my crazy work schedule makes it really challenging for me to get enough sleep. But, I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that I’m maximizing the amount of sleep that I do get and I’m also going to implement some other recovery protocols to help.

It looks like saying … you know, I can’t get to the gym 3-4 days per week for an hour per session but if I cut my workout time to 30 minutes, I can actually make that happen.

It looks like saying … you know, the way I’m allocating money right now is making it difficult for me to invest in a coach. I’m going to cut back on spending in certain areas and get resourceful so I can invest in myself in a way that I know will pay dividends long term.

Here’s the thing …

If you choose to allow your excuses to win, it’s not a bad thing.

It’s not wrong and it doesn’t make you a bad person.

It’s simply your choice.

Excuses are not a death sentence. They can be valid AND navigated at the same time.

But make no mistake about it, if you choose to let them win … it’s absolutely a choice.

Own that choice.

For example, all of the excuses I mentioned above about my weekend.

I absolutely could’ve worked around those things. But I chose not to.

I wasn’t a victim. I made an active choice to simply enjoy the weekend and I’m ok with doing the bare minimum for a few days.

Excuses can be speed bumps or hurdles.

They may slow you down. They may make things more complicated. But you can still run your race. You can still make progress. You can still get shit done anyway.

I’m not saying it’s easy. And I’m not even saying you have to choose to make a change.

Like I said, you can decide to keep things the same.

Just know that you do have options. You can do something. Small adjustments go a very long way.

It doesn’t need to be perfect. You’ve got more control than you think.

If you need help with determining the small steps that will create the biggest impact for you, just reach out.

Much love,
Coach Mike

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