When it comes to making changes in your life, why is it so hard to get started? Why is the phrase “I want to..” so often followed by the word “but”? Let’s face it, making change is hard. Childhood difficulties, financial hardships, relationship issues… you may have an endless list of real problems, but problems don’t have to become excuses. The simple truth is that the only way you’ll be able to make positive changes in your life is by putting those excuses aside. Your family, your friends, and your past can shape you as a person, but they can’t control your actions; only you can do that. Take back that power for yourself.
Mark Twain once said, “There are a thousand excuses for failure but never a good reason.” Most people don’t start out with the perfect path to success laid out in front of them. Successful people set clear goals, recognize their “but’s” for the excuses that they really are, and put in the effort to overcome the obstacles that threaten to hold them back. This self-reflective and determined attitude will only make you stronger.
Here are a few steps to help you get started on your No Excuses journey:
Step 1: Identify your “but’s,” What excuses are holding you back from self-improvement?
Step 2: Decide not to let those excuses rule your fitness journey. Ask yourself: Am I hesitant to move forward because it’s truly impossible, or simply because it’s difficult? You may consider talking these things over with a friend or fitness coach who will be honest with you and help you be honest with yourself, and who will be able to offer support as you determine your next steps.
Step 3: Start working towards your goals. Don’t let excuses stop you from moving forward!
If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way not an excuse. Just think where you would be in you already started!
– Coach Debra Rydziel