Anyone who knows me realizes that I hate excuses! I really just have no tolerance for excuses. My kids always have excuses, especially my son. Now I realize he is only 9, but at some point he has to realize that just isn’t going to fly. He never seems to admit when he is wrong or that he didn’t do something to the best of his ability. There is just always an excuse with him. I get the same thing from some of my patients as well. What’s the reason that you couldn’t seem to find time to do your home program that I worked so hard setting forth for you? “Well, I had a long day and I couldn’t seem to find my exercises that you gave me.” Well, we all know that isn’t true because I use an exercise app that I have you download in the clinic so that you always have access to it. WRONG! Try again! Or the best is… “I had no idea I was supposed to do this stuff at home?” All typical answers that I deal with all the time. In general, I have a pretty good understanding from my patients but I still get the occasional excuse on why things just didn’t happen. I decided to put together a list a list of just 5 things that you can do to try and stay on task and stop making excuses. This goes for everything not just for physical therapy related home exercise programs.
Set goals, 1 month, 3 month, 1 year, 3 year etc…
I have always been a procrastinator! When I was in school I would wait until that last possible minute to get things done. I still procrastinate from time to time. Up until recently I never really set goals for myself. I would say I wanted to do something specific, but rarely accomplish it because I would never give myself a timeline to finish it. Try to set goals for yourself. They can be weekly, monthly or even yearly. If you have a fitness goal set a date and try to reach it that way. You would be surprised when you just set a date on something how much easier it is to make it.
Focus on one task at a time
Sometimes we get so ambitious that we have 4-5 things going on at once and we never put our full attention into one of them. If you have 2 or 3 goals that’s fine, but try to stick to one at a time and it will make your life a lot easier.
If you have questions find someone that can answer them, ex. A mentor
Chances are you are going to have questions at some point. We drive ourselves crazy trying to find the answers! My suggestion is to ask someone that has been there before. Find a mentor that can guide you through the process. If it’s a fitness journey, find a physical therapist, Crossfit coach, nutritionist or personal trainer. If it’s something career related find a mentor that will show you the ropes.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Things are going to happen and they are going to make you upset. Failure will happen, but count this as a learning experience and move on. Try to become stronger from it and use that as fuel to take you to the next level.
Just say F$#@ it and go for it!
At this point you just have to stop bullshitting yourself and go for it! Stop the excuses already and just say “F” it! Like I said above failure will happen at some point, but so what. This should just drive you to want to do more. Be better and prove to yourself that you are not just full of excuses!