I’ve heard them all, and I’ve even used a few of them before. What’s your excuse?
You’re tired? You’re not feeling well. Your dog is sick. You had to go to a party. You didn’t get any sleep.
You really don’t like doing that.
You will do it next week.
Your back hurts. Your leg hurts. Your foot hurts. Your stomach hurts. Your head hurts.
You need to learn how. You don’t know what to do. You don’t want to do it wrong.
You’re afraid. You’ve never done that before. You don’t know what they’ll think of you.
You can’t do it. It’s too hard, to difficult, and too complicated. It takes too long.
Your elbow hurts, neck hurts, or ankle hurts. You’re having dizzy spells.
You’re going to, but not right now.
It’s too expensive. It’s too cheap. It’s too simple.
You need to do this instead. You don’t have time.
You still don’t have time.
I still don’t have time.
We still don’t have time.
It is truly amazing what we will come up with to avoid tackling problems we need to tackle and doing things we should do and want to do.
After all, it takes so much time. One of Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion is the Law of Inertia– an object in motion or rest will stay that way unless acted upon by an outside force. This is the way your physical body works too. You have to make it work with willpower, and overcome the tendency to not move.
Sometimes, we take one first step in the right direction, and then another, and another, and things change for the better little by little. And every step gets a little easier than that first one.