We’ve all got ’em. We’ve all made them at some point in our lives, even just the little ones. We’ve all done something we aren’t proud of and made one up to make us feel better.
Excuses. Those little buggers flow from our mouths like spit up from a babe. And don’t say that you don’t make excuses. We all do it. Some more than others.
“I’m too tired to workout.” “I’m so busy I just don’t have time.” “My dog ate my homework.” (I could never use that one, we didn’t have a dog.) “My baby was awake all night. I just can’t make it over.” (That one I get, and I let those slide….it sucks to be a tired mommy.).
Excuses come down to two things: A lack of ownership and accountability. It’s as simple as that.
Here’s our situation: We both have corporate jobs (my husband spends 3 hours a day commuting), I have my own side business, we have a family side business AND we’re starting another new venture (hopefully some of this is very short lived), I write this blog, we have a child, our child has her own activities and we have a home with a yard that requires a lot of work. We still need to find time to eat, sleep and stay fit.
And guess what? We do! Do we do all of these things every single day? No we don’t. But we do spend time on these things every single week. Do we make excuses? Yep, sometimes. But we hold ourselves accountable when we don’t get something done.
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K didn’t have time to go to the gym at work because he had too many meetings. Is that an excuse? Yes, but he still holds himself accountable and finds time to fit in exercise at home. Even if it’s just a 20 minute workout, he still does it.
Did we work on our businesses 3-4 nights last week, like we have in our schedule? No we didn’t, we had other things going on. But we know that if we aren’t successful with something in the next few weeks, it’s because we didn’t spend the time we should have on our businesses. We still take responsibility!
I don’t tell you about all we have going because I think we’re awesome and fantastic and we’re super heroes. We are far from that. I tell you this because it was life changing for us when we started taking 100% responsibility for our actions. Taking responsibility puts the power back in your hands and allows you to focus on moving forward, rather than dwelling on what you did or didn’t do. It took me a long time to fully take ownership of my excuses. A long time. But I am in a much better place in my life now, we have a happier marriage and far fewer regrets.
So you’re not happy with your job? Look for a new one or change your attitude about it!
You’re unhappy with your body? Make diet and exercise a priority! We all have 20-30 minutes a few days a week to workout and we all have the ability to stop ourselves from buying junk at the grocery store or stopping for a burger and fries. Need some healthy food ideas? Check out yesterday’s post and start eating those things.
A lot of people would rather make excuses than actually put in the work to change their situation. It’s time to start really looking at our lives and figure out ways to stop making excuses and start taking action!
We all have the same amount of hours in a day; life happens to us all; we all have to buy food to eat; we’re all busy. Stop the insanity and start being accountable!
What excuse are you going to stop making today? 😉