I’m tired. It’s too cold. I don’t have time. How many times have you heard one of these excuses? How many times have you used one of these excuses?

There is always an excuse when you’re trying to do something to get yourself out of your comfort zone. I hear excuses all the time. I’ve come up with most of them. I’ve used everyone of the excuses I wrote in my excuses post.

Whenever I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone whether it’s anything that challenges me like giving a speech, sticking to a workout plan, networking, learning to code, or sticking to a evening or morning routine. I have plenty of exercises. I’ll make myself small and try to hide. I always regret the excuse.

This past week, I wanted to make an excuse to not give a speech at my local Toastmasters club. All week I debated canceling. I wanted to shrink and hide. Even the night before I wanted to not go. All kinds of thoughts went through my head. I’m unprepared, I need more practice, I hate this speech, the audience will hate it, I don’t want to waste their time.

I now have a new strategy. If I start making a ton of excuses about why I can’t or shouldn’t do something, then I decide I definitely should do it. It’s always easier to not do something. It’s easier to sit at home and watch TV. It’s way easier to just make an excuse and let your opportunities pass you up.

Lately, I’ve been saying this line, “there is always an excuse,” when someone tells me about why I shouldn’t do something or when I’m talking about why I do something.

It’s why I wake up between 5 and 6 am almost everyday. I need to write and on the weekends workout because others life gets in the way and I’ll never accomplish my goals.

Whenever you’re about to try something new, something that will help you grow to become the person you want to be. Watch for those excuses we all make for ourselves. The more excuses we make usually means the more we should try to complete this goal.