No Excuses.

That’s the line on my running partner’s What’s App profile.

Which makes thinking of a reason to pull out of a 5am morning run impossible. Or at best, awkward. Rather than face her raised eyebrow, most of the time it’s easier to just get up and run. It’s also more honest.

Here are some of the most commonly used excuses we/I use to hold back, in any area of life. Before you read the list, think about a project, big or small, you’ve been procrastinating on, and see if you can spot your excuse.

  1. It’s too difficult
  2. I’m shattered from
    [insert tiring activity]
  3. I’m too busy
  4. I’ve been called into a meeting
  5. I didn’t get the message
  6. There will be a family drama
  7. That’s not the way we do it around here
  8. It’s too risky
  9. I don’t deserve it
  10. I can’t afford it
  11. I have too many emails
  12. I’m not educated enough/smart enough
  13. I don’t have the right personality
  14. It will take too long
  15. I’m not strong enough
  16. I’m too old/not old enough
  17. It’s not compelling enough
  18. I had a late night
  19. The rules won’t let me
  20. I can’t do it alone
  21. I have children
  22. People will look at me funny
  23. I don’t feel inspired
  24. It’s not original enough
  25. It’s not the right time
  26. It might not work
  27. It’s too big
  28. I’m too scared

Find it?

How are we EVER going to make a difference if we keep believing these ridiculous things?

Say after me: “It’s my time and I’m ready.”