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What Is Your Excuse?

I’ve got to admit I absolutely love what I do for a living. Yeah, the business side of things can be stressful at times, there’s long hours and all that, but the coaching part of my job I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

The passion comes easily as I really do love to coach and teach. You know how a lot of times you’ll be talking with someone you just met and they’ll ask you a question about what you do for a living and then follow up with….”I’m sure you don’t want to talk about this because you’re not working.”

That’s never bothered me at all. You never know who you can inspire or motivate so I’m always happy to talk “shop” when I’m not working. I frequently travel with my Shaping Concepts shirt on and invariably that opens up these kinds of conversations.

I’ve always found it amusing how some people react when they find out I’m a fitness trainer. I had to chuckle this past weekend in church when the pastor at Seacoast, Greg Surratt, was telling a story about the different ways people frequently react to him when they find out what he does for a living.

I could definitely relate to what he was saying. It’s funny to me how some people feel compelled to immediately give me all their reasons why they can’t or don’t exercise within the first minute of our conversation.

I guess it’s their way of justifying things in their own mind, I don’t know. It’s not like I go walking around asking people I just met, “do you workout…and if you don’t why not?” I’m just like everyone else, I just happen to do this for a living.

The cool thing is though a lot of times people are genuinely interested in learning what they could possibly be doing better. There’s so much misinformation with fitness, diet, and nutrition that it’s easy to get confused.

That stuff I could talk about all day. No worries, if you bump into me “off the clock” and want to ask me about something, I’m always happy to help.

Back to the excuses….

I mean really, why do people in general feel compelled to give you excuses?

It doesn’t matter what it is. I guess I just hear excuses more often because of the whole fitness trainer thing. People know deep down they should be exercising, but if they’re not they want to justify it in their mind.

By telling me why they can’t exercise, I guess they figure it will clear that subject off the table (like I was going to be grilling them on whether or not they did).

My opinion on excuses is it’s all a bunch of self-justifying B.S. that we use to make ourselves and others feel ok about our decisions.

I say heck with that. If you don’t want to do something, don’t like something, or whatever, just come out and say it. Like the person who tells me they don’t exercise and have no intention of ever exercising because they like to drink and smoke after work and they’re perfectly happy that way.

That person wouldn’t be very smart in my book but that’s beside the point. They get credit for at least stating their position regardless of what I might think. I respect people like that, even when I think their decisions are stupid!

Our society is all about things like political correctness these days and it makes me want to vomit.

Tolerance and respect for others is one thing, I’m all for that. Being afraid to stand for anything because of who you might offend is something else altogether.

It seems more and more people these days are afraid of being labeled in some way so they just try to blend in according to the environment they’re in at any given point in time.

Forget all that non-sense!

Be who you are, stand for whatever it is you believe in. I can promise you there will be others who won’t agree with you….so what, who cares?

Excuses are just one example of how we try to fit in.

You do or you don’t….you did or you didn’t….that’s about all the explanation you need 99% of the time. The rest doesn’t really matter.

It pretty much comes down to priorities anyways. We can kid ourselves but that’s the truth.

If you don’t exercise or go workout, that’s on you…it’s your decision. I’m ok with it if you’re ok with it. After all it’s your life and who am I to tell you what you NEED to do?

If you really want to get on track with exercise and change your life but you’re struggling with issues that keep you from being consistent, that’s a different story. When there’s a true desire and will to change, I’m “all in” with helping you to overcome any “excuses.”

Watch this short little video clip, it’s a Nike commercial I haven’t seen on TV yet.

It pretty much wraps up everything about excuses.

In the famous words of Yoda in Star Wars…”You do or do not….there is no try.”

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts. With a staff of over 10 certified fitness professionals, Shaping Concepts provides personal fitness training in Charleston with a specialty on weight loss and body transformation. You can receive a FREE, no-obligations (2) session personal training trial and consultation to experience the difference for yourself.

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