Do you make excuses for why you can’t or don’t do something? I imagine most of us do. Are you helping or hurting yourself? I bet it’s not helping. The only way to succeed is to quit making excuses. They say the definition of insanity is “to keep doing what you’ve always done, expecting a different result”. So let’s stop making excuses and start doing.
I finally got my rear end out of the house and down to the gym for yoga last night. It’s been several weeks since my last practice. It’s been too cold, too windy, too dark. I was sick, ok that might be a valid reason, it is a bit hard to breathe in through your nose and out through your nose if you can’t breathe period! And I wouldn’t want someone else to knowingly come in sick and spread germs.
Those others are just excuses. It’s not that I don’t like going. I love yoga. I consider it part of my “me time”. I can relax, recharge, and refocus. I known that I am a much better me when I attend practice regularly. So why do I let excuses keep me from going?
The truth is, and I’ve said this before, I don’t like driving in the dark. But the gym is only 3/4 of a mile from my house. I don’t have far to drive, I can walk which I have done in the spring and fall, but it’s not safe in the dark, for many reasons. I don’t like going out in extremely cold weather anymore and parking when I get back home is hit or miss. So while at the end of the day they could be valid reasons too, for me, they are excuses. I can stay in my warm house and essentially hibernate, and I have been. It’s so much easier to stay comfortable.
Could I practice at home? Yes, and I do. Sometimes. But, and here’s another excuse. There’s not much room, and it’s the not amount of space as much as, the overall environment is not conducive to a peaceful yoga practice. So I don’t find or make time and space to do it like I should. I can lift weights in my bedroom, where I keep them, but there’s not enough room to really practice yoga properly, unless I rearrange things and then I have to arrange them back after. Who wants to do all that? More excuses? Yes. I might just be the queen of excuses!
When I left home last night it was still light out. It’s starting to stay light later and the time will be “springing forward” in a couple of weeks. I will be able to get myself back in sync, not only with yoga but running too.
Had I made these excuses when I was in my weight loss phase, do you think I would have succeeded? I can tell you; the answer is no. So why after achieving my goal do I let them take over now? Am I becoming comfortable with me and where I’m at? Complacent? Probably. Will that serve me well in the long run? No.
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Until the next time