If it doesn't challenge you it won't

While sitting in front of a warm, cozy fire the other night, my husband and I were discussing excuses and how flippantly we throw them around. It seems this has become something of a second nature to us — and by “us,” I mean the entire human race.

When it comes to health and fitness in particular, excuses are rampant. I hear people wishing for and wanting things to be different, yet when it comes down to it, their excuses continue to hold them back.

Now, don’t think I’m getting all high and mighty on you — I allowed those same excuses to hold me back for a long time as well.

I want to help you overcome them too. To get that ball rolling though, let’s first discuss some of the most common justifications that we throw around.

make-excuseMost Common Excuses

Excuse #1: “I don’t have time.”

Now, I get it. I know that we live in a very fast-paced society. We’re constantly running from one thing to the next to the next.

Moms are busy running the family “taxi” service. Throw multiple children into this scenario and it’s safe to say that moms spend 2-3 hours (if not more) of their days just running their kids around. This doesn’t even touch other obligations aside from the children.

In most cases, dads head out to the office first thing in the morning, bust their hump all day at work, come home at night perhaps to grab a quick dinner and maybe spend some time with the family before crawling into bed.

You get my point, right? We’re busy.

Excuse #2: “I can’t afford it.”

Whether it’s a gym membership, an at-home workout program, healthy food… SO MANY excuses fall into the “I can’t afford it” category.

It is no great mystery that tons of families are struggling financially, living paycheck to paycheck, praying that a crisis won’t hit their family causing the demise of their financial future.

Plus, we hear about people being laid off left and right as companies are downsizing, and we have made this huge shift into a much more technologically advanced era that in some ways has eliminated the need for as many workers as in the past.

There are plenty of reasons that feed into NOT taking action since people think they can’t afford it.

Excuse #3: “I don’t have support.”

So often we have a desire to change something that we don’t like about our life, but our spouses or our families don’t feel the same way.

This is something that commonly holds us back from taking action. “What if my friends think I’m crazy?” Or, “What if that makes my husband resent me?”

I mean, our minds can come up with some pretty absurd reasons for why we need to have everyone on board before we can more forward.

If it doesn't challenge you it won'tOvercoming Your Excuses

If you have used any of the aforementioned excuses, you are not alone. I have used every single one of them myself at one time or another, and they allowed me to stay STUCK for far too long.

Actually, you don’t really stay stuck in one spot. You’re either growing or dying, degrading or improving. Each choice you make determines whether you are moving forward in your life or going backward.

Excuses typically come from fear. We give so much power to our fears that we allow them to control us.

But it really boils down to this: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”

There may be validity to your excuses. They may seem very logical and extremely reasonable. However, if you truly DESIRE change, you will have to MAKE change happen.

Time Excuses Be Gone!

If time is an issue for you, you might have to sacrifice some sleep to get up earlier and get your workout in first thing in the morning. Or perhaps you’ll need to cut out a TV show (or 2 or 3) at night in order to get your workout done.

TV and social media some of the biggest “time sucks” out there. Are you seriously going to let these ultimate distractions keep you from becoming who you know you can be, from reaching (or even starting the climb toward) your goals?

I promise you: If you are truly serious about wanting things to be different, you can make some small changes to free up a little time in your life. 30 minutes to an hour is all you need.

Money Excuses – You CAN Afford What You Want to Afford

I’m willing to bet that when the urge strikes for your fave Starbucks drink, you don’t stop to think long and hard before you pull into the drive-thru or stroll up to the counter to make your purchase. I know I didn’t. I would just do it without even thinking about it.

We mindlessly undermine and sabotage ourselves SO OFTEN. At the end of the day, though, if you aren’t willing to invest in the tools to create a better body and better health, things will not change.

If your child was sick and he or she seriously needed to see a doctor, but you knew it would cost $60 for them to see the doctor and you only had $5 left until payday, what would you do? You would FIND A WAY because it is THAT important to you.

Is your health that important to you?

Support Excuses – It’s You vs YOU

If you are dependent on other people to get your workouts done or to make healthier food choices, you will not achieve long term success with your health.

YOU are in control of YOU! You have all the power to make choices that will either help you reach your goal or keep you from achieving them.

Don’t allow someone else’s choices to hold you back. Step things up. Bring your A game. Realize how fierce you are. And if you need accountability or extra support, there are so many support groups and challenge groups out there that could help you on your way.

But ultimately, it starts with YOU!

Your Turn

What are some excuses that held you back in the past, but that you have been able to overcome?

Author: Michelle Whitley

Wife. Mother of 5 Boys. Entrepreneur. Health and Fitness Coach. Lover of living a life of full potential.

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