No Excuses

No Excuses

Are you coming up with a myriad of reasons why you aren’t able to exercise with intensity today, or eat the foods that make you feel great, or work toward any other ambition you may have?

Adopt what I call the “West Point Method” - a no excuses approach to life.

No, this doesn’t mean that you won’t have valid reasons for why you can’t do the things that you need or want to do. What it means is that you won’t let these reasons hinder your future success.

An excuse is an attempt to lessen the blame, the act of seeking to defend or justify an action (or, in this case, inaction). When we attach an excuse to something, we give our minds opportunity to “weasel out” in the future. We wire our minds to believe that when the same or similar obstacle emerges, we have a default “opt out” option for choices that make us better.

Let’s say you have a sick kid at home and can’t make it to the gym. The workout you had planned didn’t happen. Yes, the sick kid is a valid reason, but she’s not an excuse - there’s a list of options from grabbing a YouTube exercise video and beyond. There’s almost always a way. 

You could have exercised, but you didn’t - and it’s okay. Own it, don’t make excuses, because the next time you’re faced with a similar situation, you’ll give yourself an out - whether it’s exercise or some other aspiration you have.

This isn’t about the exercise; it’s about the mindset. It may sound like I’m guilting you, BUT HEAR ME ON THIS ONE: I’m doing far from it. You missed a workout. So what? Give yourself grace instead of making excuses and attaching guilt and shame to the decision.

Allow me to get a little sassy here for a minute:

You’re a grown adult - unless you did something illegal, you don’t need to justify your actions to anyone. Why you didn’t workout, why you ate a donut, or why you made any other choice is no one’s business but your own. Anyone who is grading you on these things needs to change their approach.

If you’re going to make a decision, then own it. Don’t allow fear, guilt shame or excuses to make you feel less than, because these steps only hinder your future choices.

Remember, the goal of this is to offer freedom - freedom from the burden of “measuring up” to some standard. You’re enough, period. Not based on your actions or other metric. 

I love this quote by Jules Renard - and hope we all aspire to this level of freedom:

“The truly free (wo)man is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.”

Next time you’re faced with adding “because” to the end of why something did or didn’t happen, stop yourself. You are brave, you are capable and you are significant, and you don’t deserve to be put into a tiny box based on your circumstances.

However - if you find yourself perpetually struggling to achieve the things to which you set your mind, it would be a wise decision to enlist empowering accountability. It’s a proven fact that we’re all better in community and when someone is encouraging us to be our best.

We’re proud to be Campbell’s #1 place for women to find empowerment in their endeavors - whether in body transformation or beyond - and we’d love to sit with you and encourage you that you have what it takes.

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