“Ninety nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver
I have started an exercise regimen not once, not twice, not thrice, but more times than I can recall.
Do I have the six-pack abs, the toned arms and legs or the rounded chest I had always set out to have?…No!
My years long mission to obtain what I envision as the “perfect” body has taken me on early morning runs in Jamaica, a gym membership that I did not use in Queens, NY and making video tutorials (which you can see below) at my gated community gym in Florida.
And despite my efforts in trying to build a stronger body, ironically, I let the weakness of my mind convince me of all the reasons why I shouldn’t. The ever present voice telling me that it is not possible, and here are some of the excuses my ever creative mind came up with…
You do not have the budget to maintain a workout diet
You do not have the time
You need a trainer or workout buddy, as working out alone is demotivating
You are not doing the exercises correctly
You have been doing this for weeks and seeing no result
Do you really need to work out? You are going to die anyway!
Why are you really doing this? For yourself, or to attract other people?
Will you be able to maintain such a lifestyle in the future?
These are just some of the stupid excuses I have concocted to get out of pushing myself, hustling to get the body I have always wanted or to do something outside my comfort zone. In previous articles I have mentioned how powerful the mind is, and it can be our best friend or our worst enemy. All those excuses I created to avoid obtaining exceptional health and fitness are excuses we use everyday in many aspects of our life.
We use variance of these excuses as reasons why we cannot leave our 9-5 and start our own business, as reasons why we cannot take time off and travel the world, as reasons why we cannot learn a new language and as reasons why we cannot climb Mount Everest. As George Washington Carver once stated in the quote above, our failures come from and are deep rooted in the excuses we give as to why something cannot be achieved.
I still dream of that perfect body, the one that will make me ever so proud when I look in the mirror, knowing that I worked my ass off for it. The body that will help me live my best life and achieve greatness. I will get that body, but the excuses continue to hold me back. It is a constant fight to just get up and go.
I will make it happen though, I am going to win this mental battle, and I will constantly keep you updated on my inner war to the ultimate Spartan physique.
What excuses are you making?