Life gets crazy, schedules get busy, and things come up. When this happens, we need to make sure we stay true to our goals and our priorities. If we don’t, we may never become the person we want to become as we make excuse after excuse for why we can’t get things done. We need to overcome our excuses and here is how we can do that.
What is your goal? What are your top priorities? These are incredibly important questions because the begin to peel back the onion and give us more purpose to what we are doing. A lot of people we talk to during No Sweat intros and goal reviews (Progression Sessions) start off with pretty basic things like “I want to lose weight,” and “My priorities are my job and my family.” Those are great things, but we need to dig a little deeper if we want to overcome the excuses, we give ourselves. Why is that your goal? How does achieving that make you feel? Who stands to gain from your success or failure? Ask yourself these questions, write down the answers and you will be much closer to your why. When we talk with clients and prospective clients, this usually turns into something like, “I want to lose weight so that I can feel more confident and be able to keep up with my children and not die young.” That’s way more powerful than saying you just want to lose weight.
Now that your why is more clearly defined, it’s all smooth sailing, right? Maybe, but maybe not. Us humans like the path of least resistance. The easiest way to get the most possible gain is the desired state. It’s not our fault, it’s hardwired into us. Our early hunter-gatherer ancestors had to try and survive in order to thrive. In the process, they did not know if they would eat at all that day or the next or the next. Furthermore, they had to go out and find their own food, no Uber eats or GrubHub. Their goal then became, in order to survive and thrive, I need to expand the least amount of energy for the most possible food. That is hardwired, and often will contribute to the excuses we give.
I don’t have the time, I’m too busy, now isn’t a good time, the schedule isn’t perfect, a new season of Grey’s Anatomy just started, football season is over, Chick-Fil-A is right next to work, last time I worked out it was hard, I don’t like vegetables, etc, etc, etc. Our brains want us to be healthy, but our brain wants to do the least amount of work to get there. This often turns into excuses that end up keeping us in the same spot or a worse spot until it’s too late.
So how do we overcome these excuses? Go back to the questions we asked in paragraph 2. Ask yourself those questions and dig a little deeper into yourself to understand what makes you tick. By doing this, you will be able to overcome yourself when your brain decides to give you an excuse. The piece of left-over cake in the fridge may sound great, but the idea of reversing your health issues and seeing your children graduate college sounds even better.
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