We're all full of them...excuses that interfere with our lives daily! I'll be the first to admit that I am queen of Excuse-Ville and I, in my head, have legitimate excuses as to why I can't do certain things at certain times.
But what happens when these excuses start interfering a little too much? When they start holding you back and stunting your personal development.
Don't worry, I'll answer that question for you...it's time to kick them to the curb!
Like I mentioned above, when I'm procrastinating or convincing myself I have legitimate reasons to not do something - I'm pretty believable. Just last week I was talking myself out of my normal Wednesday routine.
Every Wednesday, I come home from work. Eat dinner. Make jewelry for my Etsy shop. Go to yoga. Go to bed.
Well on this Wednesday, I came home from work tired and had a headache that had been building for literal hours. I managed to nap and eat dinner just fine. But then the excuses starting rolling in. I'm too tired for yoga. My head hurts too bad to even think about making jewelry.
I was smack dab in the middle of Excuse-Ville and I was falling major prey to my bad habits.
I then had a moment of clarity in the middle of my shit storm of excuses. Realistically, my head didn't hurt bad enough to not make jewelry and I had enough energy to attend my normal yoga class that is literally called bedtime yoga. I was fine. I just didn't feel like doing the two things that actually involved getting off of the couch.
Well, I did them. Both of them. The jewelry creating started pretty quick after dinner. And I talked myself into yoga about 45 minutes before the class started. But I did it! And I felt great after.
Most of the time when we make excuses as to why we can't do something, it feels right in the moment. But what follows that is normally regret or disappointment. It's rare that I come up with an excuse and then think to myself, "Damn I'm glad I talked myself out of that!"
Calling yourself out and being more aware of when you're not respecting your best self is crucial. It's important to do what is good for you or what makes you feel good, even if it doesn't in that moment.
When we live our lives constantly making up excuses as to why we can't do things, we're limiting ourselves and limiting what we are capable of. You will get so much more done if you stop falling prey to your excuses and start finding ways to combat them.
The next time you're making up major excuses, think to yourself - am I really too *blank* to do *blank*? Fill in your own blanks for every excuse.
For times when I use pain as an excuse, I've come up with a pain scale. If my pain is between a 1 and a 5, I'm getting my butt in gear and doing what I need to be doing. A 6 to a 10 requires deep re evaluation and if the pain is too bad, I don't partake in the original plan.
Everyone says they don't have enough of it. If you have enough time to do something bad for yourself (like binge watch Netflix with a carton of ice cream....I see you girl!) then you have time to do something beneficial for yourself. Work on your time management, get a planner, do what you need to do to get going.
This is my personal go-to. I definitely use this one the most. No one can question how tired you are, so this one is pretty fool proof. Until today! Your energy cannot be an excuse that holds you back any longer. Drink a coffee. Take a quick sprint. Get up and move. Do something that will get you that little boost of energy that you need to get you through your next task.
This one isn't so much an excuse as it is a lack of faith in yourself. This statement is actually very common. Some people just skip the excuse and straight up say they can't do something. Newsflash! You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to if you have enough faith in yourself and the universe. You are the only factor holding yourself back - so no more of this I can't crap!
Let's make a pact,
Today is the day we stop letting our excuses control how our lives are lived. Today is the day we start recognizing our excuses and calling ourselves out when they start to creep into our minds. We are going to live our best lives by limiting our limiting behaviors.
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