Most of us desire to be a better version of ourselves. We sit on the couch watching infomercials claiming their DVD or book holds the secret we have been longing for. If we follow their simple plan, we will finally succeed in achieving our goals. We will have the body of an Olympic runner. We will have the money of Bill Gates. We will achieve a breakthrough in science or world peace to rival Albert Einstein and the Dali Lama.
The truth is that few of us really need a special video to tell us how to achieve our goals. We already have the answers. We know that we need to eat more whole foods and exercise if we want to lose weight. We know we need to get in front of our computer and start typing if we want to write that children’s book. The key to success is simple: You need to start the journey.
So, if we know what we need to do, why are we not all achieving our dreams?
What roadblocks do we have to overcome to being the person we believe we can be? Here are a few of the roadblocks I’ve noticed and the best answers I have found to overcome them:
1. Excuse: We are too old to achieve the goal.
Reality: “You will never again be as young as you are today.” – Kim Avagliano
2. Excuse: I do not have enough time.
Reality: Track how many minutes a day you watch TV, or engage in on-line activities; you will likely find a half hour a day you could be exercising.
3. Excuse: I can’t do it.
Reality: You will never succeed, if you do not start.
4. Excuse: My goal is too large.
Reality: Break it down into smaller bites. If you say you want to lose 100 pounds, it seems too much to even try. However, saying that you are going to lose 10 pounds in the next three months is a reasonable endeavor.
5. Excuse: I’m not sure how to start.
Reality: Google the question. Someone else has probably answered it. For weight loss, try Sparkpeople.com, a free site I am on (DOCPEGGYVAGS).
6. Excuse: It’s too late to start right now.
Reality: “A year from now, you may wish you started today.” – Karen Lamb
7. Excuse: I can’t achieve my goal alone.
Excuse: Don’t. Join a group. Seek out an adult kickball team or bowling league—some sport to which you can make a commitment.
All of these obstacles prevent us from being the person we want to be. But it only takes one step in the right direction to get closer to the person you’re destined to be.
What keeps you from achieving your goals? Add your excuses below, and then tell us how you plan to overcome it.