Blog, Mindfulness

Excuses are like…

You know what they say about excuses.  “Excuses are like [insert expletive here]…everyone has one.”  And it’s true.  But some may have more than one.  Today I noticed that I fall into that second category.

Lately I’ve been realizing that I have things I cannot get accomplished.  Things like working out at 6:00 AM every morning, preparing my meals or even making time to create for my business.  To say the least, it’s been a challenge lately.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been starting to pay attention and really try to figure out why everything seems to be a challenge.  I noticed that I was in a major fog.  One that I cannot seem to get out of.  When I look in each direction, I just see more fog.  Sound familiar?  Your situation may not look exactly the same, but it might be similar – brick walls, a padded room, a forest that seems never ending…

Despite being in this fog, I’ve been trying to push forward.  And today on my drive home from work, I heard a voice scream “STOP WITH THE EXCUSES!”  Wow!  At first I thought the voice was crazy and I told myself that I am not making excuses but then I realized that voice was right.  I have excuses and I’ve been allowing my brain to believe them.  Here are a few that popped in my head when I really started to think about it:

  • “I can’t wake up at 6:00 AM to workout.  I’m too tired and my partner won’t get out of bed to workout with me.”
  • “I can’t meal prep each week because I always have to cook two meals – one for my partner and one for me – since we eat differently.”
  • “I can’t create for my business.  I don’t know what to write about and what my audience wants to read.”

Now that I heard that voice, I have realized it’s me that’s putting myself into the fog.  It’s me that’s stopping me from getting things accomplished.  It’s me that’s holding myself back.  And now, I think I have an idea what to do with those excuses.

  • “I can wake up at 6:00 AM to workout because the workout will energize me.  If my partner can’t workout with me, he can do his own later.”
  • “I can prep my meals on Sundays and make what I want to eat for the week.  If my partner wants something in addition to what I eat, he can make it.”
  • “I can create for my business by putting out information that near and dear to my heart.  My audience will come or tell me what they want to know about.”

All I’ve had to do is listen for the voice, allow the Universe to guide me toward the right path and stopping allowing myself to block the path that’s in front of me.  I’ve turned around my excuses and have changed the narrative of my life.  You can do it too!  What’s an excuse that keeps coming up for you?  How can you change that excuse into a motivating sentence that’s going to allow you to keep going?  How can I help you help yourself?

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