What’s Your Excuse Between You and Your Goal?
By: Dr. Peggy Malone
So I set off a bit of a tidal wave this past week when I posted an inspirational quote and image on my Facebook Fan Page.
Tidal wave? I’m sure you are wondering what I mean and what I posted that caused it.
Well let me share what happened and I hope that the reaction that this post on my Facebook wall got will encourage you to recognize a few things in your own life that may be holding you back from reaching your goals.
The thing that I shared was this awesome photo that accompanies this post. For those that can’t see the image, the words on it read:
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
I don’t usually include profanity in my posts, but something about this spoke to me and I knew that there were more people out there than just me that needed to hear it.
Whether it’s a goal to get fit, quit smoking, lose weight, eat healthier, make more money, mend a relationship, run a certain race, get past an injury, start a business, or any other goal that you have been working toward…
…for many people, the excuses and stories that we tell ourselves are what keep us from achieving the things that we dream about.
Do you remember a time in your life when anything and everything was possible?
What do you think happens to people as they grow up and they leave some of their dreams behind and ‘settle’ for what life deals them?
We are the great justifiers, the great excuse makers.
“It’s not the right time”
“I need to have more money to do that”
“I don’t know how to do that”
“I’m not smart enough for that”
“I’m too old for that”
“I’m not experienced enough to do that”
“When the kids are older, I’ll do that”
“When the economy is better, I’ll try that”
“It’s not meant to be because it hasn’t happened”
“That will take too much time”
“I could never do that”
“I don’t have any support and so I couldn’t do it”
“No one believes in me so I can’t make that happen”
“Only people with connections can do that”
“There’s no way people would want to listen to what I have to say”
“It’s too hard”
“I’ll start tomorrow”
“I’ll give it a try next week/month/year”
Have you ever found yourself saying any of these things in your own head to justify staying where you are?
It’s a hard truth to face when you look at this list and realize that this is the list of excuses that you have been hiding behind for maybe years instead of going after what you want.
This is something that became extremely apparent to me as I watched what happened on my Facebook Fan page.
In less than 3 days, this image generated:
Here are some of the comments:
“Not sure who you had in mind as needing this message or if you just felt someone needing it, but it is EXACTLY what I need to hear daily!”
“Now that's real talk!”
“Wow! Love it!”
“You have to love it…really…love it…we are using this as our motto from now on”
“Thanks for sharing, this is what i needed to read!!!”
So apparently, my hunch that someone else needed to hear this was true.
How about you? Did you need a reminder to put away your excuses and go after your dreams?
What are you going to do today that is different than what you have been doing that will take you one step closer to your goal?
Come over to my Facebook page and check out all the comments and leave your own if this speaks to you!
Dr. Peggy Malone is a Chiropractor and an Athlete who helps other athletes to overcome injury and get back to their sport. Her weekly Television Series 'Living Well" inspires people from all walks of life to take control of their health to be as happy and as healthy as they can be.
A former varsity Basketball and Rugby player, she has since entered the world of endurance athletics where she has completed 2 Ironman Triathlons, 3 Marathons, several Half Marathons and many other Triathlons, Road Races and Off-Road Adventure races of varying distances.
Her own athletic endeavors and injuries have given her valuable insight into working with athletes in her practice for both the care of injuries as well as for the improvement of athletic performance.