We all do it. We start off with the best intentions—whether it’s a new weight-loss goal, fitness plan, or whatever—but then life happens, and we’re left picking up the pieces as we try to figure out where it all went wrong. That’s when excuses creep up and rear their ugly head.
If you look hard enough, you can find an excuse for pretty much anything that doesn’t go your way. And, unfortunately, many of us do exactly that. It’s so much easier to blame supposed forces beyond our control than it is to take responsibility, come up with creative solutions, and make some tough choices. But successful people understand that most of the time the only thing standing in the way of a flawless victory is a belief in excuses.
The legendary Bruce Lee once said that defeat is a state of mind, and that no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality. There’s so much truth to that statement. Once you start accepting excuses as fact, you’re done. Sometimes it’s hard to admit to ourselves that we made a mistake or could be doing something better. Yet that’s exactly what you need to do if you’re serious about achieving your goals.
Through the years, I’ve heard (and used) every excuse in the book, but typically there are three that seem to repeat themselves over and over, especially when it comes to wellness.
I don’t have time
Ah yes, the mother of all excuses. We’ve all used it at one point or another, telling ourselves that we don’t have time to work out, prepare healthy meals, get more sleep, and so on. What we’re really saying here is that these things are not a priority. Embracing a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time, but it does take a commitment. Part of that commitment is making the time to do what needs to be done, even if that means that you have to make sacrifices and limit time spent on other activities.
I don’t have the money
Living a healthy lifestyle can be expensive. Gym memberships can be cost prohibitive, and eating healthy can definitely put a dent in your wallet. But you don’t have to be a Powerball lottery winner to take action and improve your health. Who says you need a gym anyway? Run at the park, do some bodyweight exercises at home, or invest in home equipment. Instead of eating out all the time, find some low-cost, easy-to-prepare meals that you can make at home.
My situation is different
It’s true, some of us are dealt a tough hand. Maybe you’re dealing with a health condition or an injury that prevents you from going all out. This is a tough situation to be in, and it’s definitely going to be harder for you to get on track. But instead of feeling disheartened and giving up—or worse, never starting—just realize that every single day you have an opportunity to make healthier choices. Your situation may not be ideal, but with a little creativity and persistence, you can take steps toward better health. Just be sure to talk to your doctor first to make sure your game plan is solid.
Bottom line, we have to be stronger than our excuses. Everything that goes wrong may not be your fault, but it is your responsibility to cowboy up and work toward your goals anyway. Especially when it comes to something as important as your health. As we move into another holiday season, let’s make a commitment to look at every setback as a learning experience rather than a reason to pile on the excuses.
Michael Nadeau, Founder