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Excuses

How often do you find yourself making excuses for why you are not where you want to be? Are you trying to lose weight but you just can’t? Are you tired of feeling broke but you just can’t get ahead for whatever reason? Are you not happy with your relationships and they always seem to be the same but you don’t know why?

There are so many ways in which we make excuses for the things that are not going “right” in our lives. Often we find other people are the target for these reasons; “My spouse doesn’t support me.” “I have kids” “My boss is too demanding.” We have all heard or even used these at one time or another. Or we blame that we are too busy. We do not have enough money. Or the classic; I am just too tired!

Thinking about the last quarter of this year and wanting to meet my personal goals that I set out for myself back in January has me taking a look at the excuses I allow myself. I have used the I am too tired more times than I can count. That I have too many other things on my agenda to make room for a workout. I am learning new things at work I do not have time to take that class I have been interested in.

Excuses do not make us feel better when we do not accomplish a goal. Excuses do not excuse bad behavior. Bottom line for me they are not a good enough reason to not accomplish my goals.

We ALL have the same amount of hours in each day. We are ALL busy in some fashion. We ALL have things that distract us. But what sets those who finish and meet their goals apart from those who don’t? I am convinced that one of the key differences between goal setters and goal achievers is excuses.

Those who complete their goals know that they can come up with (at times legitimate) excuses BUT they DO NOT sit down in their excuse! Goal achievers press on DESPITE them. They want the accomplishment MORE. They are willing to move their mind and body to take the actions needed to work around the excuses and get it done!

They are up early. They are up late. They work on their lunch break. Eat off the lighter menu. Plan meals ahead of time. Set up automatic reminders. Have accountability partners. Goal achievers have found ways to work around and with their excuses rather than allow them to derail their progress.

As I am planning these last few months of 2020 and wanting to see some specific goals achieved I am planning for how to work with my excuses and not let them stop me anymore! I have set up walking time everyday to meet my goal of a healthier lifestyle. I have an automatic payment set up so I can meet my goal of saving more. I wake and read a few minutes everyday so I can meet my goal of reading a set amount of books this year. And this list still needs more updating and planning.

What are you doing to combat your excuses? Have you checked in on your goals and dreams in awhile? There is still time in this crazy year to get things completed! You can do this!

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Monday motivations

March is definitely roaring in like a lion with cold wintry temperatures and sunshine today!  But even in the cold, we can see the signs of Spring coming.  Flowers beginning to pop up all around the neighborhood and the days becoming longer (at least here in the NW).

This has me struggling to be indoors without any light from any windows this morning.  Work is challenging to concentrate on and I am itching to enjoy the sunshine.  To kick off this week, I am posting motivations; for you and for me.

May we each have a fabulous Monday!

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The end.

This year is rapidly coming to a close.  For some 2017 may have been the Year! Business,  relationships,  career,  perhaps many great things happened in these areas of your life.

For me,  I can not wait to say goodbye to this year and hello to 2018!  2017 was a hard year emotionally and physically for me.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I spent a lot of the year moving through and healing from an abusive relationship.  You also know I had back surgery and have been recovering from that as well.  It was a bit tough.

As we are finishing up this last week of the year and heading into the new,  I thought I would finish with sharing the joys of this last year as I’m looking forward positively.  I find it helpful to take a look back, sort through and get ready for the new.

The highlights of 2017:

  • Enjoying living in a house rather than an apartment.
  • Becoming closer to my teenagers. 
  • No more living in daily pain; back surgery a success. 
  • Started a blog.
  • Learned about loss and healing. 
  • Spent time with family that I’d not seen in years. 
  • Traveled to new states with my children. 
  • Able to share the holidays with family, some for the first time.
  • Made new friends, cultivated and grew some others.
  • Began a daily workout routine. 
  • Learned the value of meditation.

As tough as 2017 may have been, there were still many great things that occurred.  I’m a big believer in mindset,  that what we focus on will magnify.  So as the year comes to a close,  I’m encouraging you to take stock of what went right, what were the positives that happened in your life.

I’ll be making some changes to wordychick.com as we begin 2018, look for them.  As always,  I welcome your feedback.

Happy New Year!