You got two options today…make EXCUSES or make IT HAPPEN.
One option is easy. It’s the one where your friends roll their eyes on the inside while nodding at you with a smile. They are thinking, “why does she not believe in herself when I do?” Sometimes we have true excuses but TOO OFTEN people are full of them and when you are full of excuses you are full of something else, too.
The other option requires some effort. The effort is uncomfortable, inconvenient, or not as fun. But when you decide to do something that forces you toward greatness you suddenly see that making it happen becomes EASY.
It takes practice to break the habit or reaching for excuses before looking for solutions. Losing over 100 lbs. wasn’t ever easy. It was the first time in my life I quit making excuses. I just got busy doing things I always thought was “so hard”.
A good example of something silly – growing up we rarely ate fruit. I was told it was hard to fix. That stuck in my head until I was in my 30’s! I never bought or ate fruit thinking it was SO hard to cut.
When I started losing weight I wouldn’t even buy fruit because I still thought it must be HARD to make. But as I got smaller I learned how good it was for me so I bought the expensive pre-cut stuff still fearing that fruit was going to take HOURS to fix.
One day I decided I was going to get a bunch of it and just fix it all on Sunday and see how hard it was. Holy crap! It was easy and it tasted good. I was shocked at how it took until my mid-thirties, a lot of good health and money wasted on pre-cut to try something so easy. I don’t even want to know how many protein bars or healthy “faux” packaged food I ate thinking that stupid fruit was going to lead to hours in the kitchen.
My excuses didn’t stop there. I refused to lift weights for years with the excuse I didn’t know how, I’ll look ridiculous, I’ll be the fattest, women don’t lift weights, and a whole host of crazy that led to me looking like a pile of bull crap when I lost my weight. One day I finally decided that had to change. I started with Body Pump classes standing in the back of the room. I later hired a trainer with the money I saved from not eating out anymore. And then I went to some fitness camps alone and decided to become a trainer.
You see, I made all the excuses not only before I lost weight but even while doing it. Over the years I’ve learned that excuses just make others not want to support me. When I made excuses I felt the world was against me and that I was not one of the lucky ones. Now that I just go hard and figure it out it’s amazing how life sort of works out for the best. Your life will bring to you what you put into it.
Get out there and make it happen today. I am. I’ve got a big race coming up and I’m tired. The week has been stressful. I can either give in and not train making a dream harder and harder to reach OR I can buck up and run. The first couple of miles might not feel great but I bet the end of the training run and the finish at the race will make up for all of that.