Excuses, excuses, excuses!

Happy Friday!

Confession time. 

This morning, I pressed snooze. Twice!

And I didn’t even have a good excuse to do so. 

Sure, I may still be suffering from the tail end of jet lag after my trip to London, but I was in bed well before midnight, didn’t have a glass of wine, and should have been ready to jump out of bed when my alarm went off. 

But I didn’t. 

And instead, my mind began to wander. 

It started to go through everything I needed to do today. It started thinking about the workout I needed to get up for and the fact I’m behind in my ironman training. It started thinking about how I’m behind on my emails. It started thinking about how I was behind on numerous things! And then it started making me wrong. It started to judge me. It started to send my mind and my thoughts into a vicious negative tailspin!

Oh man when my mind begins to wander it’s game over!

Perhaps you can relate?

The trick is, you gotta get up before your mind has a chance to catch up!

But the truth is, some days I wake up even before my alarm, ready to start the day, excited about what’s to come. While on other days, it’s a challenge I tell ya! And I don’t always feel like getting up (especially when it’s grey outside!) 

And such as it is with many things we’re facing. 

We’re not always going to feel like it. Especially when it’s a habit we want to break or a thing we want to change.  

In fact -— NEWS FLASH—- you are NEVER going to feel like doing the thing you need to do in order to change the thing you want to change. 

It’s just never going to happen!

And so more times than not, we don’t do it. 

And that is exactly why the majority of folks spend the majority of their lives living in their comfort zones. 

And instead of choosing to be brave enough to take the first step, we come up with some pretty darn good excuses. 

We are very good at letting ourselves off the hook.
We are very good at being right in making ourselves wrong. 
We are very good at convincing ourselves and others why we’re just not capable.

And we are very good at self-sabotaging. 

And it’s got to STOP!

Because the truth is, we are FAR more capable than we give ourselves credit for. 

And when we REALLY want something we can, and we will, find a way to make it happen.

Here’s the harsh truth:

We will never feel ready. 
We will continue to be right by making ourselves wrong. 
We will always be able to find a justifiable excuse if we want to. 

And we can change all that!

Inspired by a conversation I had with one of my most fave people in the world last night, we have the power to do just the opposite.

Because here’s the good news:

We can choose our desires over our excuses. 
We can connect to how important that thing is, and how good we’re going to feel afterwards.
And we can start setting ourselves up for success, instead of self-sabotaging.  

So here’s your challenge. 

Identify one small habit or pattern or behaviour you want to change. 

Something that, if changed, would make a big difference. (and here’s another news flash – it really is the small things that always make the biggest difference!

For me, it’s going to be getting to bed by 11pm Sunday to Thursday. And getting up when my alarm goes off. (Publicly declaring it… making it real!)

What’s it going to be for you? And when are you going to start?

Stop with the excuses. Stop making yourself wrong. Stop self-sabotaging. 

Start believing in yourself. Start setting yourself up for success. Start getting your /brāv/ on!

Change will never happen overnight. But if you started today, imagine where you’ll be one week, one month, one year from now? 

You deserve it. Your dreams are worth it. And I believe in you. 

So now, what’s that one action or one habit going to be? 
I want to hear from you in the comments below – once you publicly declare, it becomes REAL!

Have a FAB week!


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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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