Well this month has been interesting! I've had a few personal hiccups that have thrown me a bit off course and I've had to readjust 'THE PLAN' several times. Does this ever happen to you?
Well I know it does because that's life. S@%$ happens. It promoted me to look at this as a theme this week on my Facebook page (pop and give it a like if you want daily interaction with me). When you go off plan, or you have to readjust your priorities it can feel like you are failing. Like you aren't being true to you so then Mean Little Cow can start her cry of, "Oh you are rubbish. You aren't doing what you said you'd do blah, blah, blah." As usual with Mean Little Cow voice, (That negative inner critic) it's important to listen to her, but not for long, and find the grain of truth in what she is saying. Being hard on yourself and talking cow pats isn't helpful. It isn't doing yourself justice and it will keep you stuck in a defensive stream of excuses.
The best thing to do when you find you start being hard on yourself is to take the following action, as proposed in my Monday Minute Coach this week. Ask:
1. What are you saying to yourself?
2. Be honest. Is there any truth in it?
3. What action do you need to take?
4. Take the action now.
5. Give yourself credit where credit is due, daily.
Making excuses is simply sitting in the fear or the indecision that is stopping you. Having recently started a Blab Show called Get Motivated Today UK with the wonderful Jai Garcia, we were lucky enough to get the fantastic Dickie Armour , Internet Evangelist and Business Strategist from Bristol UK, to talk about the issue of excuses and how he stays motivated. Some great stuff in there if you have half an hour and a cuppa. (Forgive my technical issues throughout, but despite it I have continued finding solutions to make it happen and not make excuses not to!)
The reason I am sharing this with you is that these are great examples of people who aim daily not to let excuses rule their lives. They take each day and make the best of what it has to offer. Are they perfect?
No, but who is?
But they are giving life their best shot with the opportunities that they are presented with and, most importantly, the ones they create.
So, I ask you this. Which excuse are you hiding behind?
What is it that you fear?
Is the fear real or is there a way of breaking down that fear, feeling a little bit uncomfortable as you break through it, but will you come out the other side feeling fantastic knowing that you tried?
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