The excuse of delay is like a sour lemon.  It looks pretty and delicious, but the taste of delay is actually sour.  How many times have you found yourself deep in the excuse of delay?  Delay sounds like…”I’ll start Monday.”  “When I’m not so busy, I’ll have time to cook healthy and workout.”  “I’ll really make a change once things settle down with the kids.”  “Once I finish this project, I’ll focus on improving my eating habits.”

Waiting for the “perfect” opportunity = the excuses of DELAY.  What if you stopped delaying and started taking action?  You can.  Shifting your focus from an excuse to a solution will help you move forward.

“I’ll start Monday.”

We’ve all said it.  “I’ll start Monday.”  I’m guilty.  You’re likely guilty.  Whether it’s a lifestyle change, cleaning out and organizing the house, moving toward a goal you set in January, or cutting a bad habit, we’ve all pulled out the old delay excuse.  This is the classic, I’ll start when ____________________ (fill in the blank).  This is DELAY.

What’s the issue with delay?  Well, for starters, it’s not moving you forward.  Time doesn’t stand still.  Time is always in motion.  Each day that you fall into the trap of delay moves you away from your goal.  It’s easy to think that we have to wait for the perfect moment to make the change that we want to make.  We allow ourselves to believe that once everything in our life lines up perfectly, we will change.  The problem is, there is never a perfect moment, time, opportunity, or situation for you to make a change.  Waiting for that perfect moment is a trap that will continue to set you back for as long as you let it.

How is delaying instead of doing something NOW helping your situation?  Do you really think that things will change so drastically over the next few days that Monday will be the perfect day to make a change?  Absolutely NOT.

Do something, anything NOW.

Guess what?  Change is hard.  I get it.  However, it doesn’t have to be that complicated.  We don’t have to go from where we are right now to where we want to be overnight.  This all or nothing mentality when it comes to change is what traps us in the excuse of delay, and delay equals zero progress.  Instead of delaying, find something that you can do right now, today, this minute, that will move you forward.  No decision, choice, or change is too small to make a difference.  The small decisions and choices that you make day in and day out compound over time and add up to the larger changes that you seek.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” 
– Theodore Roosevelt

But, I’m struggling.

Maybe your current situation looks a little like this….You aren’t exercising as much as you want and you know your eating habits could be better.  Your doctor told you that you have elevated blood pressure, and maybe you are heading toward pre diabetes.  You feel sluggish and tired.  Work is busy, and you are doing your best to keep it together at home.  Chaos seems like the pace of your life.  Sleep is almost non-existent, and you live in a constant state of stress.  You do your best to cook, but you find yourself eating take out three to four nights a week.  Sound at all familiar?

Small choices make a difference.

If you look at tackling each struggle at the same time, the excuse of delay is going to come up over and over again.  When work isn’t so busy, when I can finally catch up on sleep, when the kids are out of school…when ________ happens, I’ll do _________.

Instead of falling into the trap of when, what if you decided to make a healthier choice when you picked up take out?  It might be a small choice, and maybe it doesn’t seem like it made a difference {yet}, but you aren’t delaying.  That small choice is moving you forward.  Instead of sitting at baseball practice or dance and looking through your phone or social media,  what if you spent that 30 – 60 minutes walking?  Maybe you start turning the TV off at night, and you go to bed.  Again, these are small actions.  But, you are taking ACTION.  You are DOING.  You are not delaying.

We can always do something to move us toward the changes we are seeking.  The actions may seem small, but they add up.  We can always make a better choice.  It might not be a perfect choice, and our actions might not take us from zero to 100, but we are moving forward.  If you are constantly pushing forward by making small, easy to do choices, you will get where you want to go.

What would happen if you stopped delaying and just started doing?

How do you overcome the excuse of delay?

You can overcome your excuses.  Sure, it takes effort, but you absolutely can stop delaying and start doing.

Recognize it.

The first strategy to overcoming delay is to recognize it.  Pay attention.  When you find yourself falling into the trap of “Monday” take charge.  Own it.

Make a better choice.

Once you recognize your excuse, know that you can do something right NOW to move you forward.  Make a better choice, no matter how small or insignificant the choice seems.  Each small choice or action is moving you forward.  Opt for water instead of a soft drink, order the salad instead of the fries, go for a walk instead of binging on Netflix, knock out one item on your to-do list instead of surfing the web.  These are small choices that won’t make a life changing impact on your day, but done over time, they will pay big dividends.

Celebrate your wins.

Celebrate your wins.  When you make a better choice, celebrate it.  This builds momentum.  It keeps you going.  Celebrating even the smallest actions helps you continue to do those little things that are moving you forward.

Know that your circumstances don’t control your choices.

Don’t allow your circumstances to dictate your decisions.  Maybe you really do have some great excuses.  Maybe next Monday will be better.  Even in the midst of a really bad circumstance, you can adopt the attitude, of “I can do something.”  By taking action, and not delaying, you are moving forward.  You aren’t allowing excuses to take over.

Just do something.

Just do something.  Action, action, action.  When you fall, pick back up.  When you miss an opportunity, come back to the plate.  Do something.

You can stop making excuses.

I heard this quote a few months ago, and it stuck with me.  “Excuses are just lies wrapped up in reasons.”  What if we just stopped with the excuses?  What if we stopped focusing on perfection, and started focusing on progress?  What if you stopped waiting for Monday and decided at 1:32 pm on Tuesday that you were going to make a better choice right now?

Stop saying “when” and start taking action right now, at this very moment.  Don’t wait for tomorrow or for your circumstances to change.  Do something right now that will move you forward.  Remember, it doesn’t have to be big…just take one small step TODAY.

One action that you can take right now is to sign up for our FREE 21 Day Jump Start.  For 21 days, we will teach you how to eat, live, and train on purpose, with purpose.  You will receive education, but more importantly, you will be encouraged to take action each day through small, realistic action steps.  Plus, we’ve got a great community to help support you, encourage you, and answer your questions.  You can get started here.  Why not?  You’ve got nothing to lose.

No more Mondays!

~KP

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