Excuses really don’t make any sense when you break them down for what they are- a reason for not doing something.
This blog is really only valid for anyone who says they want to do something but………..
- I want to get fit but…….
- I want to gain 2 stone of muscle but…….
- I want to drop 3 stone of fat but……..
- I’d love learn MMA but……….
If you don’t want to do something, for example, get fit, then thats’ fine. This post isn’t for you.
‘But’ is simply another way of saying you don’t really want to do it but instead of just saying that you need a story to provide you with a way out.
Guys, if you don’t want to do something don’t talk about it. Nobody really cares. Just because you said you want to put on 2 stone of muscle doesn’t make it happen. People aren’t going to be gathering in the local pub talking about how serious you are about training just because you keep TALKING about it.
Here’s the bottom line. If you want to do something, anything, you will do it no matter what. That is if you truly want to do it. If you follow your statement of wanting to do something up with BUT you need to accept the fact that you don’t want to do it.
You might want the final result, but all the work, the time commitment, the habit changing, etc., no thanks.
So why are your excuses invalid?
Simply because hundreds of thousands of people all over the world who are in the same or more challenging situations as you have done what you said you wanted to do.
- Can’t get fit and healthy because of work commitments? I can show you hundreds of examples of people with very demanding work schedules who’ve done it
- Tried to put on a lot of muscle but failed because of whatever? Hundreds of transformations can be found on youtube and the internet and people who’ve done just that
- Not sure what to do? Invest in hiring a coach.
- Can’t train because of an injury?
As I’m always saying, people can do so much more and achieve the things that they want if they truly committed to the process of earning these things.
I find it very sad that there are so many people quick to throw out an excuse when it comes to achieving their goals and the life that they want- whether that’s to be healthier, have a more rewarding job, or simply to chase one of their life long dreams.
The more you rely on excuses to avoid doing the things that you say you want to do, the easier it becomes to justify them. It’s also not hard to find people who will validate your excuses usually because they don’t want to see you succeed or change from the person they know.
Here’s an example I hated before.
I had never been able to deadlift over 200kg for several years so I made it my goal. Warming up one day I pulled a muscle and had to stop for a few minutes- I couldn’t even lift 40kg. As I sat there I said I better leave my session for the day and take a fews days rest to heal.
I had a valid reason (i.e.. an excuse) and if I had said it to anyone they would have also validated my excuse and reaffirmed that I was right.
As I sat there I said to myself “you know your full of shit Steve and that you could easily work around the problem”. Your making up an excuse out of thin air BUT IT SEEMS SO LEGITIMATE!!!
To teach myself that it is never ok to do this I carried on with my session which I simply changed around a bit and said for the next 2 weeks I’m going to train twice a day as a reminder that it’s not ok to make up excuses. I don’t want to be that sort of person.
Final result, I got a 212.5kg deadlift which I worked my ass off to get.
Closing thought is this. There is absolutely nothing to be gained from silly excuses. No personal growth. No character development. No health and fitness gains. NOTHING.
Don’t ever short change yourself.