“You can either have excuses or results,but you cannot have both.”
If you’re trying to stick with your New Year’s resolution to get healthy, this is about the time that the old (or new) excuses for abandoning your efforts will likely appear.
According to a fascinating article by Dr. Claudia Aguirre, psychologists place excuse-making in the “self-handicapping” category ~ a behavior that hurts our own performance and motivation. http://bit.ly/1Pjjsm2
Excuses stem from a deep unconscious desire to protect ourselves from failure, to shift the blame from ourselves to an external factor (” that diet was too hard” “the weather is too cold to exercise” “I don’t have time” etc.) We all have developed habits of excuse-making over the years, and breaking this habit requires commitment and mindfulness. It also requires self-forgiveness. If we get derailed from our new healthy eating pattern one day (“I was at a dinner, and couldn’t resist the garlic mashed potatoes!”) we cannot let that excuse create another excuse (“What’s the use, I’ll never be able to do this.“)
Instead, resolve to recognize future excuses for what they are, remember that the results you want cannot happen with the excuses you have, and get right back on track.
Try to create new, self-affirming excuses such as “I would love those mashed potatoes but they don’t support my weight loss goals” ~ now there’s a good excuse!
To your health!
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