You want to lose weight. You want to look and feel great all the time. You want a profitable business/career. You want to ditch the dieting forever. Once you lose that weight you want to keep it off. You want less stress and more energy.
These are great things we all want. Why is it so difficult then to lose that weight, or get off that dieting roller coaster, and achieve everything we want. The answer most often lies in the excuses we tell ourselves.
There are good reasons for not doing something we want or intend to do. It might be an emergency or something of more importance that comes up and we have to postpone that thing we wanted/meant to do. Any reason we give ourselves is real and valid at the time.
What happens when we keep using these “reasons” day after day, month after month? Sadly, these once valid reasons become the “good” excuses we have for putting off what we wanted, intended, or knew we should do. The excuses we made were good, but they didn’t get us anywhere.
It’s safe to say all of us have used these 3 excuses at one time or another.
Excuse #1: “I Have No Time/I’m Too Busy.”
Time to get real on this excuse. We all have 24 hours in a day…not more, not less. People that perform at high levels of achievement don’t have any more time than the rest of us, and in fact it’s likely they are even busier. Consider Richard Branson, Brendon Burchard, Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey…the list goes on. What they do is make time for what is important to them, and yes their fitness and health are critical factors to their high performance.
Here are a few options for busting through the exercise time excuse:
- Been off the exercise wagon a while? Take 5-10 minutes each day (no more until this becomes so easy and a habit) and do something physical. Walk, jog, do a few push-ups, crunches, stretches, etc.
- Exercise in the morning before your day truly becomes busy.
- Literally schedule exercise into your day, just like you would a meeting. If 15-minutes is all you have tomorrow, then 15-minutes it is.
Excuse #2: “I’ve Tried [such and such] Before and It Didn’t Work.”
There are two things about this excuse. One, maybe the diet or weight loss program you tried really didn’t work for you. Fine, but did you try something else or just give up? Second, maybe you had a failed attempt at losing weight or reaching whatever goal you had. Did you get discouraged and just give up?
The biggest problem with this excuse is letting failure have its way. Everyone fails at times. High performers do. The difference is they get back into the “game” quickly.
How about trying this: Have a plan for when you do fail. For example, 2 days in a row of skipping exercise is all I will allow myself; or if I eat poorly 1 day, the next day I’ll eat a healthy breakfast and dinner.
Excuse #3: “I Don’t Have Money To [join a gym, pay a personal trainer, buy a program].”
This excuse requires a certain amount of honesty. Do you truly lack money to make even a small investment in your health and fitness? Is losing weight and being fit really on the top of your list of importance? How badly and how fast do you want to lose that weight, be stronger, more mobile…?
The key to ditching this excuse is being able to answer these questions. Because what is important to us, we usually put our resources into and accomplish. And while money is a legitimate concern, running or fast walking outside and doing bodyweight exercises at home are free. Small purchases of a few key pieces of equipment to have at home can help you level up.
Examine your reasons for skipping exercise and continuing to eat unhealthy. Have these become excuses over time? If so, take one excuse and make just one small change to be better. Stick with that until it is so easy that you know you can make a second small change. The road ahead to losing weight, feeling great and having the life you want then becomes that much easier.