We’ve all got an excuse, don’t we? We’re too tired. We’ll get to it later. It’s not that important. Any of these sound familiar? Sure they do, because we’re all guilty of using them when we’re about halfway between making up our minds to actively do something and just half-assing it because we have to.
Whether you’re putting off a workout, taking the risk to start your own business, actively deciding between being single or dating, or something else, having an excuse feels like a safety net that protects you from failing. After all, isn’t that really what’s holding you back from taking the dive and doing something in the first place? I’m not sure about you, but it kind of feels like that to me — whether personally or from what I hear from friends — because we’re all conditioned to be the best at everything we do, even if that’s unattainable.
It’s time to change that mentality and start getting shit done, guys. Nobody’s going to push you to be the best version of yourself except, well, you. And in order to do that, you’ve got to grind, dig deep and, yep, hustle in order to create the life you want to lead.
For those struggling with soaking up the sunshine and drinking margaritas instead of working out. Or feeling trapped in a dead end job that isn’t offering much in return. Or can’t seem to understand why you’re stuck in a rut and are just wasting your time, here are some tips on how to overcome the excuse game and become more fulfilled. Trust me, you’ll be happier once you practice these things over and over.
Make A To-Do List And Prioritize Tasks
Clearly this is the simplest way to overcome an excuse. That’s because, when you prioritize tasks, you’re more likely to sticking to and completing them, as you’ll see progress each day when you cross something off your list. Here’s a pro tip: Put the things you don’t really want to do first, knock that shit out and move down to the things that are more bearable. This will help your day get easier as it goes along, rather than harder.
As someone who emails himself to-do lists throughout the day to help stay on course, this is a trick that works for me. Plus, as things come up, you can rearrange things, which can help you be more productive.
Put Your Excuse Into Perspective
Oh, you’re too tired to go run today, huh? Just think about all those people who can’t run for some unfortunate reason. Yep, I just went full grandma advice on you, guys, but it’s time to start thinking that way when your mind drifts towards finding an excuse instead of pushing yourself to do something.
Having gratitude is a common trait among many successful people, and when you can look at your excuse and realize that it’s not good enough to hold yourself back, you can overcome it and get done what you want to.
From working out to leaving a job, think long and hard about why you’re lucky to be in a position to even have a choice, because some people aren’t so lucky.
Give Yourself A Mental Break Before Tackling Tasks
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve learned in my 30-pus years? Be fucking kind to yourself.
This means you need to sleep, eat right, spend time getting in trouble (but not arrested), failing, learning, laughing, etc. If you’re putting too much pressure on yourself to get something done, there’s a good chance you’ll feel burnt out and won’t prioritize it, which is where an excuse often comes from.
Instead of moving from task to task and always staying busy, decompress and give your mind a rest. This will rejuvenate you and let you stay in course rather than be distracted and unmotivated.
Look At The Long-Term Outcome
Trust me, as an entrepreneur, I want everything to happen yesterday. I want to be able to grow Shut Up & Hustle to a worldwide brand, telling the stories I’m passionate about and think will be engaging to an audience. It’s too bad it doesn’t happen that way.
Instead of finding an excuse for not doing something, start with small goals and taking things day by day. It’s cliche AF to say that, but it’s true, because you can really gauge success in a matter of 24 hours. For instance, my audience may have sucked over the weekend. It may have started slowly today. Then, all of a sudden, it spiked because, instead of getting encouraged, I worked to write more to see the results.
The journey’s part of the fun, so think about things as a whole and keep going. Letting an excuse get in your way is a disservice to yourself.
Stop Making Comparisons
You’re going to think you’re untalented. That someone else has already done it. That you’re not this or that. That you’ll fail. If these are creeping into your mind, then you’ve already failed yourself.
Success doesn’t happen overnight, so while you might not have that six-pack (yet), or aren’t sure how to talk on camera (yet), or don’t know what you’re going to do after quitting that terrible job (yet), you’ll figure it out at some point, you just need to take the first step and trust yourself to take the leap of faith, avoiding the temptation to find an excuse before ever pushing yourself to try something.
For Christ’s Sake, Stop Worrying About Time
Personally speaking, this is an excuse I can’t help but obsess over. There are 24 hours in a day, so you’ve got plenty of opportunity to get done all the shit you want to in a day, it’s just about a matter of being organized.
For a lot of us, we might find ourselves working on someone’s else’s schedule, meaning we’re so conditioned to work a 9-to-5 gig that we forget about how much time we have outside of our careers to do things we really want to. From passions like working out to cooking to traveling to, well, you get the point. We all have the same amount of time in a day, it just comes down to how you plan on spending yours.