Do you have a profusion of excuses for why you aren’t succeeding?
I know I do!
The secret to success is eliminating those roadblocks to success. The first step is to admit they’re there, the next step is to identify them, then you admit it’s possible to overcome them, then you find ways to do so.
Sounds like a lot of work, right? Not so fast – the first three steps take maybe a minute.
Let’s use weight loss for an example. And my own excuses – I make a great guinea pig. After all, I’ve been known to squeak loudly at opening refrigerator doors! I know I won’t really lose weight until I figure out what my excuses are, my roadblocks to success.
A good way to do this is to find times where I failed in the past, figure out why I failed, and come up with strategies to avoid the same problems this time. Usually, there’s an excuse behind everything.
“I can’t stay on a diet, I get too hungry.”
Okay, I got too hungry. That was my roadblock. So I design a plan with lots of low calorie foods so I can be constantly eating. Or I stay low carb and high protein, because that naturally makes my hunger go away. Excuse nullified.
“I don’t have time to work out.”
There’s about half a million ways to sneak in exercise, as seen in this article for example, and they are all great excuse busters.
“I get bored.”
Great excuse as that has been the biggest roadblock to many of my weight loss efforts. So I switch out my healthy snacks, I use music when I work out, I seek variety.
“I don’t have enough money to eat healthy food.”
Another really good excuse. Good thing vegetables are cheap, so are eggs, and it costs less to cook at home! Roadblock removed, excuse nullified.
Once I have my biggest excuses identified, I am free to think of creative strategies to stop them in their tracks. Then all that’s left is to take action! A well planned strategy to overcome your own difficulties can eliminate your excuses. This idea works for many personal struggles. Budget, working out, losing weight, improvements at work, playing with your kids, and really whatever you want to do.