Finish line painted on asphalt

By Bronwyn Ison

How many times have you commenced a project and neglected to see it through? Too often we miss the opportunity to reach our full potential. We either get sidetracked or it’s likely we fail to believe in ourselves. Perhaps, we believe we can achieve the goal initially but give up in the middle because the going gets tough.

The words, “I can’t” have entered our lexicon occasionally. Why? It could be that each of us tote around our own “excuse bag.” How often have you made excuses for yourself for not accomplishing your dreams or goals? It is also more than likely you have blamed someone or something for certain goals not coming to fruition.

Chances are you would not claim the title of a quitter. When we capitulate isn’t that equivalent to quitting? I know this one can be tough to swallow. Might I encourage you to compose a list of your dreams, goals, and aspirations? Outline a realistic timeline as to when you can achieve each of them. Make adjustments if necessary but don’t abolish a goal out of fear. This is an excellent time to look fear on the face and rid your self numerous excuses.

Perhaps these excuses sound familiar…

“There is no way I could ever do that…”
“I never have enough time.”
“This was not a part of my plan today.”
“I’m overwhelmed and just can’t see myself able to get it all done.”
“My personal problems are inundating and my life is hectic.”
“I’ve never done this. I don’t even know anyone who’s achieved this goal.”
“I don’t have anyone to help me.”

Do some of the excuses mirror you? It is easy to get entangled in the day-to-day rituals of life. Mapping out a schedule is a good starting place. Commencing your day with a plan with may assist in setting you up for success. If you don’t already have a routine, it may take time to establish a healthy regimen.

Each evening or early morning, list what you plan to accomplish. Composing a checklist and marking off what you finished will render you a sense of accomplishment.

Life happena and there will be unexpected events. Go with what comes your way. If a few things carry onto the next day, there is always tomorrow. Yet, if one or two tasks continue onto your list day after day, you may be manufacturing excuses.

Be candid with yourself to avoid disappointment. You can do all things if you are motivated to achieve and conquer.

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. www.e-volveyoga.com 760.564.YOGA

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