Sometimes I am my own worst enemy.
I can let myself make decisions that are easy… but not necessarily the best for me. I, all too often, take the easy way out, and not always the best way out.
Take for example, my workouts.
Man, am I ever struggling with them right now!
I can find about any excuse not to do them, and to not follow through with what I committed doing for my health. I should be motivated, especially since I’ll be putting this body in a swimsuit in a matter of weeks! And, I’ll be biking across the state in 130+ days! But oh, the excuses!
“I’m too tired.”
“I’ll do it later.”
“I need my sleep more than I do exercise.”
“Just one more cup of coffee… then I’ll workout.”
“It won’t matter if I skip it today.”
This morning I was in the all-too-familiar process of talking myself out of getting on the treadmill. But then I remembered how awful I feel when I allow the excuses to win. (Believe me, I’ve had plenty of experience with this!)
That feeling is always worse than actually doing my workout.
Finally I spoke out loud,
“I need to quit thinking and making excuses, and start doing!”
That’s all it took. Right then I changed into my workout clothes, grabbed my running shoes, and down on the treadmill I went.
After my time was up, I felt like I could conquer the world.
I felt strong, and powerful. I was filled with enthusiasm and energy. I had an on-top-of-the-world attitude. Best of all, I had integrity with myself because I followed through with what was best for me, and not what was easiest.
I didn’t let the excuses win.
Friend, is there some excuse you’re allowing to win? Is there something you know you need to do, but you’re putting it off? Is there a particular thing you understand deep down is best for you, but your choosing an easier path?
Take one step forward. Do that thing you’ve been putting off. Find reasons to do it, instead of reasons not to. Think of how different you’ll feel–especially about yourself–when you finish it.
Can you share of a time you pushed through and conquered the excuses? How did you feel?
Don’t let the excuses win.
And if we need another reminder, we can see in scripture how those who made excuses missed out on much, including the great banquet. We certainly don’t want to be like that.
I’ll need to remember this if the workout excuses come back to do battle tomorrow.