Stop making excuses
It’s easy for you, you’re creative
I had the privilege of listening to Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a Pirate. Dave is high energy, charismatic, and is a tireless worker toward making his content an experience for his students.
He’s been doing the teaching gig for 17 years.
He’s not an overnight success. He’s had successes and failures like all of us. So, I completely understood his angst when a colleague who was struggling in the classroom said to him,
“It’s easy for you, you’re creative.”
Six words, Dave said, that really ticked him off.
The colleague discounted all of his hard work, the times he tried different activities that fell flat, and the research that went into making his lessons come alive.
And yet, this colleague used those six words.
Because this person was looking for an excuse. A reason why her students were bored. A reason why her lessons didn’t spark curiosity.
In other words, it’s much easier to make an excuse than to work your ass off for something, right?
And believe me, in Dave’s 80 minute presentation, he worked his ass off from start to finish.
But it’s easier to make an excuse.
Exactly. And that’s the problem.
It’s easy to take a day off from writing, working out, eating healthy, etc.
One day turns into two, two turns into three. Yeah, you get the idea. Once we give ourselves an excuse, it gets easier to continue to make one after another.
The thing is, we think we have a viable rationale as to why we aren’t doing something:
The timing just isn’t right at this point. When I get through with this project, then I will start working out again.
We don’t though. Soon, we find ourselves going down one rabbit hole after another. We dig deeper and when we look up we discover we can no longer get ourselves out. The ladder isn’t there and we don’t know what to do.
Not managing your time and making excuses are two bad habits. Don’t put them both together by claiming you ‘don’t have the time’. — Bo Bennett, author
I admit it. This is me. I’ve been doing a lot of both lately, not managing my time and making excuses.
I keep putting off the final revisions for my first independently published book. I keep putting off getting back into shape to run another half-marathon.
And here’s the deal.
For each day I put these goals off, I’m one day further away from where I want to be.
The truth of the matter is, every day does matter.
Taking that first step matters.
Fighting that little voice in your head that tries to distract you or tells you to put it off until tomorrow matters.
It’s time to stop ignoring the voice.
It’s time to stop making excuses.
Because when you take the first step, the magic happens. It might not be noticeable at first, but it’s happening.
And I know this to be true, but sometimes it’s tough to get out of the rut. It’s tough to do the work. Worth it but tough.
Let’s do this together.
Let’s stop making excuses and start making gains.
I’m rooting for you, and I’m hoping you’ll do the same for me.
Thanks for reading this piece! I’m living my PATH3 — Positive, Authentic, True, Happy, Healthy, and Humble. If my vibe resonates with you, feel free to let me know. I would love to connect with you, because my mission is to add value and be of service through living a life that is as uncluttered as possible.