My road block: excuses. I make lots of them. In my worst times, excuses were the only thing that came out of my mouth. I can’t do this, I can’t be this, I can’t eat this. Excuses. As time went on, I began to realize that excuses were taking over all my daily interactions and actions. They were becoming and defining Alex rather than providing that temporary relief that excuses can bring in a healthy manner.
Lately, I feel these excuses sneaking back in. I feel myself shying away from certain things because of some little excuse that slips out of my mouth. I make an intention and somehow within the span of a day, an excuse gets the best of me and I am back to square one. Excuses, for this reason, are my roadblock. They stop me dead in my track and send me backtracking, trying to find another way around. I think I didn’t realize how powerful excuses were in my life until I got an amazing email this morning from a friend. The email really had nothing to do with excuses but for some reason it struck a chord. If other people can make that sort of promise to themselves to make each day better, I can too.
Roadblocks don’t just disappear. But instead of backtracking and falling back to the old path you came from, it is possible to take an alternate route. Whoa, groundbreaking for me to think of. Why have I not thought of this? Why have I not realized I can take that new path? Then I realized I had. Last year when I took control of my life and completely picked myself up from the lowest point ever, I took that new path. I ditched what I had spent five years trapped in to find an alternate route that I honestly had no idea what it would look like.
Today, I am making a promise to myself to have no more excuses. I want to be both happy and healthy. My anxiety has been overwhelming lately along with these dips of depression that are all too familiar. That is not happy or healthy in my mind. My no excuses plan is tailored toward me and address all aspects of my life – family, friends, work, food, training. No excuses. I don’t feel 100% comfortable in sharing these openly but email me if you have any questions. I challenge you all to make your no excuses list that can either be short term or long term. Accountability plays a big part in this so for me, writing them out and not just letting them stay in my head keeps me on that path.
Questions: What is on your no excuses list? What is your roadblock if it isn’t excuses?
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