The Decision to Stop Making Excuses


I can’t deny, it’s been challenging to write with a broken hand. No questions, no questions, I’m O.K., and life goes on. Having said that, I figured I should write something… I don’t know, inspirational? Ouch! Not big on taking meds, but I just took an IBU 800 that was expired since 2011 which hasn’t kicked in yet. What was that doing in my medicine cabinet? O.K., so as far as something inspirational, I don’t have much in the tank because, well, I’m in a bit of pain, it’s distracting, and well, in a nutshell, I’m making excuses, which is what I want to write about.

When we feel as if our inspiration to work, or like me… to write, or to simply feel that desire within us to push forward and feel motivated just enough to even accomplish our daily goals, let alone to strive towards the many goals that we have in life, sometimes we need to create positive energy in one of the hardest ways possible, and that’s by turning negative energy into positive energy. Like I said, sometimes, we just don’t have a lot of motivation or inner strength and a determined mindset enough to jump out of bed, work hard, and push ourselves.

Creating positive energy through negative energy is so hard to do, but we all have the ability to do it. All it really takes is finding the will, and tuning out that negative little voice in our heads, and opening our minds more towards the other voice in our heads that’s trying to be inspirational. We need to kill those negative thoughts that bring us down, create laziness, and kill our motivation. And we need to want what we want bad enough and be willing to do whatever it takes to get what we want. We need to find the will, the strength, and the courage to take control of our mindset so that we can create a positive outlook, and then strive towards what we want to achieve with an optimistic approach.

We should always go after what we want in life, and never postpone getting what we want for any reason. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” right? Ah, the rhetorical question which we all know and love… Over-used? Maybe. You see! We all have voices in our heads, even me! We need to stop taking long breaks, stop postponing, stop stalling, and stop making excuses for ourselves, and for why we’re not getting what we want in life, because the real reason is simply because we’re not driven or determined enough.

We need to push ourselves harder. How bad do you want it? I want it bad! Don’t you want certain things badly? I know you do! So go after what you want, and stop making excuses. If you want a certain lifestyle or to improve certain things about yourself, your life, or anything else, what are you waiting for? Go after what you want. Stop being lazy, create a gameplan, and work hard towards all that you want.

The point is that we need to stop making excuses. Make an executive decision to stop making excuses for why we’re not going after what we want. The time is right now, and in this very moment. There’s no need to stall going after what we want. I mean, I sure as Hell am not getting any younger, and um, well, you’re not either. Go to sleep early, wake up early, and motivate yourself by listening to your optimistic thoughts, instead of your negative thoughts. Rid yourself of negativity. And the best way to do this is to start with yourself and your own thoughts.

The next thing is to surround yourself with like-minded individuals, and to only surround yourself with positive and enlightened individuals. Don’t be friends with people who bring you down or who are constantly negative and intentionally or unintentionally putting their bad day onto you. Don’t give others the power to ruin your day or kill your inspiration. Be strong, be determined, and learn to love and appreciate your life and all that you have. Be optimistic, and if you want anything, or even better, if you want everything to improve in your life, start by changing your mindset.

Anne Cohen
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