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Are Excuses Affecting Your Success?

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
— Kenneth Blanchard

In our busy lives, excuses come too easy nowadays. Just today, between jet lag, a never-ending cold, and a hectic schedule, I had every opportunity to tap out and not train. But, I made a commitment. No excuses. 

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Whether it be work, kids, school, or the soccer practice carpool, our busy days make excuses easier than results. Each and every day, our lives are filled with choices. Our choices ultimately determine our future. There are 24 hours to a day. What you do with those hours is the key to success.

First and foremost, you should identify your interests and commitments. Both are very important, but should not be treated equally. Your interests, your hobbies, have a profound effect on your well-being. They add enrichment to your life, build your self-esteem, provide joy, relieve stress, and connect you to others. I, personally, enjoy playing the piano, scrapbooking, exploring the outdoors, and all things Disney.

Commitments, however, are a whole different ball game. They are goals, desires, passions, and should be of utmost importance in our lives. Just like interests, they are unique and personal to you. The difference lies in their significance and should be prioritized above all else. Nothing soothes my soul like sitting at the piano. But, I have no desire to one day play at Carnegie Hall. I do, however, want to win a National Championship, stay on budget so we can travel, write a book, and continue to nurture my relationship with my family and my Lord.

After a long day at work, it is easy to pop a frozen dinner in the microwave and then blankly stare at the TV until it is time to go to bed. But, once a day is gone, we can never get it back. There is more to goals and resolutions than merely writing them down and wishing for them to come true. We must commit in order to achieve success. Stop making excuses and get them done! No more hitting the snooze button and missing your morning run. No more skipping a healthy breakfast because you are in a hurry. No more "saving" things for the future.

Now.

Now is the time. There are 24 hours in a day- no excuses, only results!


One of the most popular excuses for not working out is a lack of time. If time is an issue for you, try one of our “Short and Sweet” workouts. They are all under 20 minutes!

“Tabata Time!”

Each exercise is 20 seconds on, 10 seconds for 8 rounds (4 min.)

  • Prisoner Squat Lie Down/Stand Up

  • Left, Right, Center, Suitcase Sit-ups

  • Squat Thrust, Knee to Shoulder, Knee Raise Combo

Bonus- Arm Burnout