Last week, I got into an argument with my family when I explained that there’s no such thing as a “valid excuse.” They came up with some wild reasoning to explain that there are valid excuses; however, they completely missed the point. The situation arose when my brother suggested he would buy a couple of dumbbells to get into better shape. I tried to explain that it’s a nice thought, but it’s not going to have the results he wants. The best option is going to the gym or learning plyometrics. He responded with “it’s too far,” in which I responded, “that’s an excuse.” What he said next is what made me lose it, “it’s a valid excuse.”
There is no such thing as a valid excuse. When you believe that there are valid excuses, you will always find a “valid excuse” to not be where you want to be in life. It’s a mindset. Eric Thomas said, “everyone wants to be a beast, until it’s time to do what beasts do.” My brother wants to be more fit; however, doesn’t want to put forth the effort necessary to get there. Instead, he chose to blame something else. If you want something bad enough, you will give it your all. If that gym is far and you don’t have a car, start your workout with a run or buy a bike. There are times where I don’t feel like going to the gym or I feel like I don’t have time, but it’s important to me, so I make the time. That means I’ll go after midnight if necessary because it’s a priority. Life will always put obstacles in your way and it’s up to you to choose if you want to turn back and give up, or understand the obstacle and work your way through it.
If something is important to you, make it a priority. Otherwise, you’ll continue to make excuses. Find your passion. Change you mindset. What’s your excuse?