What is it that keeps you from making the changes we want to make in life? For me, it has been a lot of excuses. Earlier today, I announced the 21 Day Challenge to get back in shape, and begin a whole life transformation. My team and I are looking to have 6 highly motivated people join us for a 21 Day Challenge that leads to a whole life journey of transformation. If that is you, then message me on Facebook or comment on this blog. Excuses can get in the way of making changes in your life. Those same thoughts rolling around in my mind the same way causing me to do the same thing again and again. Those excuses are self-defeating, and keep me from living the life I want to live. Here are five excuses I’ve made that kept me out of shape. Is your mind similar to mine in these?
1. I’m too busy. Everybody wants more time, and it’s easy to feel like you’re running out of it. “Busyness” is an excuse I’ve made often in the past. Here is what happened when I started working out. I got way more energy and focus, so now I’m able to accomplish tasks much more quickly than I did before. My workload now is heavier than before, but I am accomplishing because working out and eating healthily create more energy.
2. It costs too much. The Master’s Hammer and Chisel costs $30 a month, and that is not too much. Here’s why. If you get 2 Grande Vanilla Lattes a week from Starbucks, that’s $36 a month. Most restaurants are $7 a meal at the minimum. Eat at home 4 of those times, and call it good. I’ve had a bad habit of eating out for most meals over the past few years. That drains the back account quickly. Now, I cook and eat 90% of my meals at home. The Master’s Hammer and Chisel Program even sends you portion control tupperware to determine how much you need to eat of each food group which has made cooking and eating clean so easy for me. I don’t even drink coffee 4-5 days a week because I don’t need that extra energy boost any more. (I used to be a crazy coffee addict, ask my co-workers). What I didn’t realize was how much it was costing me to eat out all the time. And I don’t just mean financial costs. The cost of filling my body with bad food, and the result of feeling tired often because of it. How much is that costing you now?
3. It is easy for me to quit when it gets hard. Part of the reason you have quit when things get difficult is most likely because you were doing them alone. Really though, you haven’t quit everything when it got hard. You quit some things when they got hard. If you look back throughout your life, you have actually done a lot of things that are hard. That’s part of being hard. Staying stuck, being unhappy, and feeling frustrated is hard. Working out and eating healthy is hard. You get to choose which hard you want to live with, but the one I’m recommending has a great payoff of more energy, higher focus level, and the satisfaction of accomplishing your goals. One of the great things about being in a group is the encouragement and accountability you receive to help you succeed. By the way, when you hit a point and you say, “This is really hard”, just remember, “It’s only hard.” You’ve done hard things before, and you’ll do them again.
4. I think I’ll look foolish doing something new. How many times did I walk into a weight room feeling like an idiot because I didn’t know what I was doing. One of the things I love about Beachbody is that you can workout in a gym, or you can workout at home, but you get to watch your trainer do the moves you are doing. You will learn proper form. Pretty soon, you won’t feel foolish about that. By the way, if we don’t try new things because we’re afraid of looking foolish, we’ll miss out on a lot of fun in life. I’ve been there before. Who is ready to give up feeling foolish so you can get the results you want?
5. I’m starting my own thing next week. Oh, I’ve said this one many times. I really intended to. Usually, I would basically kill myself doing an extra long run, and then give up on Day 2. I said, “I can do it on my own.” Well, I need to be around some other people. I’m not a very good lone ranger. I don’t think many of us are. I need people. I need encouragement. I need to know that I’m not the only one who ate bad for a couple of days. I need to know I’m not the only one struggling. I need to know there are other people with me who are cheering for my success, and I am cheering for theirs.
If you’ve read this far, I believe you don’t want to stay stuck any longer. What would it be like if you were freed up from excuses, and let go of the burden of “I can’t.” Imagine what would happen if you step out, and do something different. What would be possible?
We are a month into this new year. Yesterday you said tomorrow. The choices are yours, and the result is your life. Kick those excuses out of your life, and make the change you want to make.