I kind of, sort of got called out the other day. Our close friend Jan was asking me about the brace I had on my wrist. I explained how I injured it and how it had been frustrating for the past few weeks. My impatience led me to work out despite the pain. And I injured it worse.
However, that's not the point. It was my next step that revealed my creativity in making excuses. Since exercise had hurt and delayed healing, I decided to not exercise. Just flat out not do it. No weights, no running, no plyometrics, no yoga....nothing. My mind said, "you're injured and it needs time to heal." Which is true. But what's not very true is that my wrist injury prevented me from doing core workouts, leg exercises, going for a run, or even some forms of yoga. I took a non-debilitating injury, to an important but limited body part, and exploded the idea of not working out far beyond my wrist.
It's only been about a week and a half since my last workout. I still felt it. My knees, ankles, and hips felt like the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz. They needed fresh oil and to move around before they felt loose and agile. And as I started feeling the euphoria of working out, I started thinking of all the ways that I get creative in making excuses.
I bet that you do it too. I'm not being hard on you but it seems that we are constantly finding reasons why something didn't work out, we didn't get this accomplished, or life is somehow not going how we want it to.
One of my big excuses (i'm sort of ashamed to say) is my daughter. I love her. But man can kids be time-consuming! I put restrictions on myself saying that I can't do two things at once. Meaning the distractions Alyssa causes keep me from my work. Sure, there are parts of this story that are true. But to use it as THE reason why I don't get things done is nonsense if I'm being honest.
My question to you is this...what are the excuses you make? What parts of your life have you wished to change but not found the right circumstances to change them? Why haven't they happened? Are there people, events, limitations that keep you from having what you really want? Or is it more that you just haven't taken direct action to really go for it.
As with everything, the first part is noticing and knowing. Identifying your excuses is powerful, and often someone comical. I was amazed at how I had been so creative in making one injury so powerful it totally knocked me out. Once you know what your excuses is, whether good or not, you can choose on whether that's the real reason you are where you are. And then decide if it will continue to be a good excuse or something you blew by on your way to having what you really want.