Now let's talk about excuses for a minute.
We all have a decision many, many times a day whether or not we will make an excuse or get the job done.
After my workout in the morning and I take my clothes off before getting in the shower, I can make the decision to immediately put my dirty workout clothes in the hamper or leave them on the ground. Am I going to make an excuse over that 10 second task?
When I make my morning coffee, am I going to leave the coffee grinder, coffee canister, french press and dirty coffee cup on the counter or am I going to put the coffee grinder and canister back in the pantry, and rinse out the french press and coffee cup and put in the dishwasher? I can make an excuse or I can take the 2 minutes to do that and be done with it.
When I go to the grocery store, am I going to leave the cart in the middle of the parking lot or walk the 20 feet to put the cart away? It's a matter of making an excuse or getting it done!
Let's be honest. Sometimes making an excuse seems like the easier decision.
I hate, and I mean hate, folding laundry. What's the point of doing laundry if I'm just going to let it sit there on the chair in my room? If I take the laundry out of the dryer and fold it right away, I immediately feel not only a sense of relief but satisfaction as well.
All it took was a decision to tackle the laundry immediately and about 5-10 minutes depending on how much laundry I had. This no excuse way of thinking goes even further than mundane every day tasks.
For about 2 months I delayed getting a breast pump. Why? Because I had to contact my insurance company. Then I had to contact the PPO providers. Then I had to research the type of breast pump I wanted. Once I finally decided to just get 'er done, I realized it was a super simple task. Read about it here in this blog post - Ordering a Breast Pump.
Another example for me, that I currently have made an excuse for all year is getting this red bump on my chest looked at. You can see it in almost every picture of me. I absolutely hate it. It appeared about 7 years ago and has gotten slightly bigger since it appeared. I know it's not harmful since I have previously gotten a biopsy done on it. However, I have been delaying, all year long, calling and scheduling an appointment with my dermatologist to get it removed. So every time it becomes itchy, I can't really get mad since it's my fault it's not taken care of yet. I have no excuses for not calling the dermatologist. I just flat out haven't done it yet.
Successful people leave their excuses at the door whether it's something small like putting your dishes away to calling and scheduling a doctor's appointment.
Every day, I am trying to be more successful and make less excuses. It's hard. Not going to lie. But it is worth it.
So, tomorrow I challenge you to make your bed right away...do the dishes immediately after using them...take that trash out to the dumpster...push the shopping cart back - heck, grab another one on the way...get to the gym, even when you don't feel like.
I promise you that in making these decisions and removing all excuses, no matter how small, you will feel so much better about your day and yourself!
How do you limit excuses throughout your day?
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!