Turn your Excuse into your Reason

Today I want to share with you a great post from my Facebook Page. 

When you decide on a new habit the logical next action your body and mind decide on is to make an excuse why we should not do this. Your "self" is all about self preservation and in simple terms whatever you have been up to has been working all right and your body would like to keep it that way. 

For me "the secret work around" is my supplement. My supplements put my body into a state of feeling everything is all right, even though I have made a change, HA!! WIN!!

But of course it does take a little more than my secret little pill, it also includes a desire to make a change. Trust me when I say that I have not mastered this by any means but I am doing the work! And in the end I think at least trying is a worthy goal.

I believe a good leader does not blame you for having excuses but rather helps you in the overcoming of that excuse. Yep I went there. 

On the way to forming a new habit, new excuses are bound to show up. The trick is figureing out how to conquer the excuse.

A friend shared this about excuses and although I am a big believer in being allowed to have excuses I also think that you do need to stop and unpack what's stopping you, because at some point if you wish to achieve your goals then you must overcome the excuse that stops you.

From the post:
I had to learn that taking responsibility is the first step on my road to weight loss.

We have become a world full of blamers. We love to blame situations, circumstances, events and even ourselves for where we are in our lives. Blame allows you to avoid taking action — it gets you off the hook from acting responsibly. In terms of diet, it allows you to avoid focusing on controlling your weight — because there’s nothing you can do about it. Keep in mind, however, that one of the key characteristics of all successful weight-losers is their ability to avoid blaming and accept responsibility for failures or setbacks. Here are a few tips to help you recognize, reorganize and resolve the impact blame may be having on your weight-control efforts.

Two Faces of Blame

You can “externalize” blame by placing it outside yourself — in other people (e.g., “How can I lose weight when I have an unsupportive family?”), situations or circumstances (e.g., “I inherited bad genes.” “I don’t have time to plan healthy, low-calorie meals.” “I have to keep all those sugary foods in the house for the kids.”) Or you can “internalize” it by blaming yourself (e.g., “I’m a weak person.” “I don’t have the willpower to stick to my plan.”)

Externalizing Blame Behavior: One of the classic explanations for externalizers is blaming “bad genes.” Another, newer one, is that obesity is actually caused by a virus. But are these valid arguments?
Does a bad gene pool or a virus absolve you of responsibility for being overweight? Once you’re aware that you have a predisposition to obesity or diabetes, you can take responsibility for being cautious and chart a smarter, more healthful course of action. If you had an ear infection, you might go to your physician and take antibiotics. Or, if you broke your leg you would seek medical treatment. Awareness of a problem should lead to responsibility for dealing with it.

Internalizing Blame Behavior: Too often, internalizers define themselves as hopeless or lost before they begin. They use phrases like, “I can’t do it so why try?” “I’m no good at that.” “It’s all my fault.” When an internalizer fails at a diet, he or she figures, “I just don’t have the willpower to be in good shape, so I might as well get used to it.”

What internalizers don’t seem to understand is that “being responsible” is a very different thing from blaming oneself. Taking responsibility means being accountable to yourself. Self-blame means believing that everything is both your fault and beyond your power to control. The first is empowering and propels you forward; the second is counterproductive, depressing and a futile exercise in beating yourself up.

Use the Power of Language

Altering the language, you use to tell your story and express your frustrations can help you change. Language shapes the way you view things, just as your view of things shapes the way you talk about them. It follows, therefore, that the words you use can influence how you think.
Listen to what you’re saying when you’re talking about yourself. If you’re making yourself the victim of other people’s actions (e.g., “If Harry hadn’t taken me to that Italian restaurant, I wouldn’t have been tempted to eat all that pasta.”) or of circumstances (e.g., “My parents really saddled me with terrible obesity genes.”), you need to turn those sentences around so that you become the primary actor and cause of whatever is happening in your world. One way to do that is by beginning your sentences with “I.” Using “I” statements can help you transform your behavior affirmatively. For instance: “I know that I often overeat when I’m in this situation.” Or, “I tend to do (fill in the blank) when the going gets rough.” State specifically what you may be doing wrong so that you can correct it, instead of blaming other people.

Write down five situations, events or circumstances that did not go according to plan in terms of your weight loss — whether or not you think they were your fault. Now go back and read through each one. When you get to the part about what went wrong and how it affected what and how you ate or your physical activity, rephrase it so that you’re the one who is ultimately responsible. Don’t place blame on another person, luck or circumstances.

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

You’ve heard it all before: “I’m big boned.” “I have a slow metabolism.” “I don’t have enough money to join a gym.” Blamers have one main tool in their toolbox — excuses. There have actually been studies done to show that excuses are self-serving explanations that aim to reduce personal responsibility for questionable events. Their goal is to convince others and oneself that a negative event is not as much one’s own fault as it might otherwise appear to be.

Excuses are merely vehicles of blame, attempts to rationalize away responsibility for why things didn’t go the way you wanted them to.
You need to bust those excuses. First, identify and write down your diet and exercise goals. Next, write down all the reasons you can think of for not working toward your goals. Remember to include your self-doubts, fears and insecurities — these are excuses, too. Be honest. Last, punch holes in your excuses until they are no longer airtight. Do this by coming up with counterarguments for every single excuse that you may have for NOT exercising — this is called Excuse Busting. Here’s an example:
Excuse: It’s raining outside, so I can’t go for my morning run. EXCUSE BUSTER: First of all, I’m not made of sugar, so I won’t melt. Second, I have a gym membership, so I can head down there and run on the treadmill. Third, if I’m going to be lazy and not go to the gym, I have fitness tapes right here at home. The rain isn’t going to stop me!
You have to pick your horse, you cant ride more than one…. You can either successfully lose the weight you long to or you can make excuses as to why you aren’t…You can’t do both.

The choice is yours, YOU HAVE THE POWER, YOU ALWAYS HAVE!!

Have a Fabulous Day,

Sherri Shepard,
 The TRU H.I.P. Life
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