Excuses. This is not going to be a piece about me never having excuses. I sure have them. Or I make them, actually. Because we all know that actually having an excuse doesn’t happen too often. They’re just holding you back.
I’ve found out that lots of people who asked me about my training schedule, are somehow interested in trying it too, but start making excuses before I even answered what their next step could possibly be. Just to give an example: when I start talking about how I incorporate 5 work-outs in one week, next to my fulltime job, blog and social life, they usual response is ‘Ah well, I can’t do it then, because I’m too busy for that’. Well let me tell you one thing: you’re not. I’m aware of the fact that this isn’t a very popular opinion, but I think you just don’t want it badly enough if you start making excuses before you even tried. But I’m also aware of the fact that it sometimes – or very often – takes discipline to actually do it. To not stay in bed longer, or to head straight to the couch after work. Of course, I don’t think this is easy all the time, but hey: eyes on the prize, right? In order to do so, I tend to look to where I’ve come from. What I’ve accomplished so far. To look back in order to move forward.
Some people believe that without history, our entire lives amount to nothing. This might sound a bit harsh, but I guess it is true: at some point we all have to choose: do we keep falling back on what we know, or do we step forward to something new from time to time? I’m fully aware of the fact that it’s hard not to be haunted by our past, especially when sometimes this past may feel darker than we want it to be, but truth is: our history is what shapes us. It’s what guides us. Our history resurfaces time after time after time. So we have to remember sometimes the most important history is the history we’re making today. Without excuses.