No excuses – you have to commit

my no excuses rant. Picture from Colorado

No excuses. Get them out of your system. Let me tell you a story so I could put this in perspective.

A dear friend of mine, I’ll call her Edna, wanted to lose weight. So, she spent a lot of money on a personal training program. Now, this personal training program works. But, you have to do the work if you want to get results.

Anyways, Edna’s six months into the program and she’s not getting the right results, whereas several of the other women in the program are.

In that six months time, I’ve heard pretty much every single excuse why she had to miss the program. She was supposed to commit four days a week. Instead, she’d be lucky if she went twice. On top of that, she’d rarely commit to the diet they put her on (and yes, she made a million excuses for failing her diet as well).

Bless Edna’s heart. She’s a wonderful woman and a dear friend of mine. However, she’s too nice for her own good.

Workmates would pile work on her and she never learned to say no to anyone. So often, her excuse for missing her workout? “I’m swamped in work.”

Remember what I said about no excuses?

That’s not a valid excuse, although it’s an excuse often used by good people who are simply too nice for their own good.

Look. You have to take your health seriously because that’s all you got. Your health is even more important than your friends, your family, and your wealth.

Don’t believe me about more important than friends and family? Well, let’s put it this way. If you’re sick all the time, take a guess who’s taking time out of their lives to take care of you. You see what I mean? You need to put your health first or else you’ll be a burden on your loved ones.

And that goes back full circle to no excuses. At this rate, Edna will burn out, get very sick, and become a burden on her loved ones. All because she’s not taking care of herself.

You can lead a horse to the water…

Now, I’m a cheerleader. I encourage her and I’ve convinced her more than once to drop what she’s doing and go to her workout. But you can only lead a horse to the water. You can’t make the horse drink.

I’m rooting for Edna. But it’s really up to Edna to stop making all these excuses (especially the “I’m too busy with work” excuse) and start taking her health more seriously.

She needs to lose the weight on her own. I can’t do that for her.

This applies to everything

I just used a friend and her weight loss program for an example. This applies to everything.

For instance, I got really good at the guitar by instituting a no excuses policy. I’d practice at least an hour a day. Nothing would get in my way.

Television, sports, entertainment? No, guitar comes first. Even over friends going out and destroying their livers slowly. Guitar comes first.

It was practice, practice, practice. And guess what? I got pretty good within two years.

If you want to get good at anything, start taking it seriously. And stop making excuses not to commit to it. Drop that excuse mentality out of your noggin, once and for all.

Right now, I’m getting pretty good at the piano. Goes to show, you’re never too old to learn new tricks. Well, unless you’re one of those excuse makers who says something like “old dogs…”

Hot life tip

I’m not a photographer. I’m just some guy who likes to take pictures.

Last year, I committed to spending at least a few hours once a month to just take pictures. Needless to say, my skill sets have improved.

I’m still no photographer. But at least now, I have a lot of really cool pictures. This one was from Colorado last month.


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie.

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