How Excuses Keep You From Success.
Starting this blog was so exciting! I get to share my experiences in Christianity with all of you. After years of atheism, I finally have something important to share. Something that will help you with your own success.
But then, just as quickly as the excitement came, the anxiety of my “past self” took over.
Think of how consistent I would have to be. What if nobody likes what I’m writing about? What if all the effort amounts to nothing? How about if I run out of things to say? All thoughts that turn all progress into nothing.
These thoughts used to flood my mind all the time, and would very quickly stop any momentum dead in its tracks. I would stay consistent for a week or two – maybe even a month. And then what would happen? Nothing.
It’s much like many people with their New Year resolutions to get fit. I remember back to my years as a trainer. People would flood the gym from January 1st until maybe the first week of February. At that point, many realize they actually have to work at their goals and there is no easy button.
Slowly but surely, the gym empties out and everyone goes back to their regularly scheduled life.
Excuses Ruin Success
My last post was on December 17th. Where have I been? Instead of producing content, I was busy producing excuses.
It’s the holiday season. There’s no time to write. I won’t have time to edit and make the post *perfect*. I’m so tired after work. I have nothing noteworthy to say right now. The list goes on.
But, here’s the thing. Everything I have to say is important. Every post I publish is perfect. I don’t mean that to sound arrogant. This blog just so happens to be about me. My daily thoughts, actions, decisions, and anything else that exists in my life. It’s meant to be my creative outlet with the hope that something I say touches you in a way to help you with whatever you’re going through.
Have you ever read something that unexpectedly resonated with you? That’s what I mean by “every post I publish is perfect”. You might read this and get absolutely nothing from it. Someone else might use this as motivation to stay in the gym past February. If I change one person’s life for the better, I consider it a success.
If you don’t change your behavior, you can’t expect a different result. That goes for anything you typically make excuses for.
It’s 2020 now, and time to kick excuses to the curb!
My proposal is that we help each other stick to what we set out to do. If you see that I’m slacking on my posts, shoot me an email to call me out.
If you have a goal you’re determined to reach, leave a comment below or share it with me on IG and I’ll check in with you to make sure you’re sticking with it.
By Chris Rivera from January 4th, 2020