5 Ways to Ditch Your Excuses and Go All In on Your Goals

Excuses kill dreams… EVERY SINGLE TIME.

To become someone that you have never been before, you must do something that you have never done before. — Brian Tracy

Who are you being at this present moment?

Who have you chosen to be for the last five years?

How much of that has been grounded in your excuses?

Your excuses are keeping you small.

And the problem is that most people see excuses as “reality.”

This is how it is…

I don’t have enough hours in the day…

I have responsibilities so I can’t just get up and pursue my dreams…

I’ve screwed up so many times before. How will this time be any different?

When life calms down, I’ll go back to it…

Sound familiar?

As rational as all of your excuses may seem, here’s the truth:

You’ve made quitting a habit and going the easy way your life.

If you’re not living the life you want, it’s because you settled for shortcuts, live in a comfort zone and took the easy way out by blaming other people and circumstances for why you are where you are. You’ve made average your life and you’ve gotten comfortable living there.

You can turn this around today.

Before you can rise to your greatest capacity, you have to destroy the things that keep you mediocre and your excuses are at the top of that list.

Here are 5 ways to ditch your excuses and go all in on your goals:

1 Pick the hard way EVERY single time

Here are a few examples: a cold shower, working out for twenty minutes longer than normal, cooking a meal entirely from scratch, learning a language, fixing something in your house or assembling furniture when you are the furthest thing from handy, sending an email that makes you super uncomfortable, picking up the phone and calling someone you know you need to talk to but have been postponing talking to for months.

Get yourself into the groove of doing at least one HARD thing a day. This will help you develop the habit of doing hard things and, before long, that will be the way you move through life- constantly challenging yourself to step out of and thrive outside of your comfort zones.

2 Commit to a No Whining or Complaining Zone of Life

3 Make yourself wait

Make yourself wait for simple things. You want a new car? Decide to buy it cash and do the hard work of making the money to buy it cash. Want to go on a trip around the world but also have the goal of having six months worth of savings in your bank account? Force yourself to get the six months in the bank before you even look at a travel website. Want to drop twenty pounds? Every meal is an opportunity to ask yourself, “Is what I’m eating a reflection of what I want now or what I want long term and what am I willing to do to compensate for the food choice I’m making right now?” Maybe you’re okay with 60 extra minutes of cardio for ONE Snickers bar… and maybe you’ll decide to eat 2 Hershey kisses instead plus a salad. Make yourself wait for the things that matter so you build the habit of playing the long game (instead of giving in to the short wins).

4 Do more than you think you can do

5 Operate from the End but only focus on the Now

On the one hand, to ditch your excuses, you’ve got to see yourself at the finish line and embody ALL of who you have to be to get there now. On the other hand, you have to be fully present in the Now, putting WHOLE mind into PRESENT action now and doing that with all that you have… until you get to the goal. You’ve got to stop counting how long it’s been or how much farther you have to go and, instead, take action today with absolute certainty that you’re going to get to where you say you want to go tomorrow. It’s a fine line but you can walk it. Be the YOU that has already achieved the goal and use all of the power of that YOU to do all the work of today.


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