Be More Productive: Excuses to Banish

Whether your goal is to build a better business, find a better job, and create a better body, you are going to run into obstacles. There are going to be those days when you are wondering why you aren’t getting any results. There are going to be days when you think that your effort is not worth it. And there are going to be times when procrastination wins over what you are trying to accomplish. But every morning is a new chance to try again and do better. To get your perspective in check. Before you throw in the towel on yours, make sure you are not letting these three excuses dictate your life.

I’m Not Getting Results

My friend Heather is currently trying to lose weight. Every morning, she weighs herself and texts me. Usually followed by a text saying that she is getting frustrated that she isn’t seeing bigger results. Two things are the problem here. First, she’s not actually doing the work. Sure, she cut down her eating habits a little but she still isn’t eating that healthy. Second, she is not making time to exercise each week.

We all know that weight loss requires a healthy diet AND exercise for it to be successful. I told her not to complain about the results she is not getting for the work she did not do. Second, she is looking at her results on a small scale. When she went to work to weigh in for her weight loss challenge, she was down 13 pounds in the first 30 days. Those results are huge! Don’t stress yourself about the tiny results; have a larger picture of what you want.

I Don’t Have Time

Many years ago, my friend Carla told me she was never going to be able to go to school because she was a teenage mom. She didn’t have time. She had dreams but no time. And a baby. I told her how my mom managed to do it with three kids and a full-time job. She was inspired. Eight years later, she finished her bachelor’s degree in nursing and has had a great job for three years now. She did it all while working full-time and being a single parent.

There is plenty of time in your day to do the things you want to do. If you want to achieve something in life badly enough then you will find a way to make it work. Isn’t it worth it to give up a few hours of television each week or an expensive habit to free up time or money for something greater that you want to do?

I Want a Shortcut

My friend Alicia has been trying to lose weight for several years. Every year, it is the same thing. She tries something new, gives it a go for a few weeks, and quits. She had tried every diet, workout system, and gimmick pill out there. She is not looking to make long-term changes to her life. She is looking for immediate results through shortcuts. Real goals in life don’t have shortcuts. You shouldn’t want them to have shortcuts. You have to put in the real effort to reach your goals. Gimmicks and shortcuts don’t work. The only thing that works is your dedication and determination.