“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”
–George Washington Carver
Monday is supposed to be the busiest day of the week at the gym. People typically create a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule for working out. And so it makes sense that Monday is extra busy especially if people want to start the week off on the right foot. But I’ve noticed something really interesting. When it rains on a Monday, attendance at the gym tends to drop. And it doesn’t even have to be a super-soaker. A gloomy sky and a little drizzle is enough to keep people away from their weekly workout routine. I wonder why that’s the case.
I’m sure there’s a more scientific reason behind it but here’s my personal guess. I think some people are just looking for excuses not to go to the gym. And they don’t even have to be big excuses. Just give them any excuse—no matter the size—and they’ll readily and willingly defer their fitness goals to another day. And so when a little drizzle comes their way, they’ve got an easy excuse to simply go home instead. Does this sound familiar to anybody? I know it does to me.
And it’s not just the gym. People are always looking for excuses—even small ones—not to do some important things in life. How many people have really wanted to write/blog and yet have deferred doing so with one excuse after another? How many people have wanted to fix that kitchen sink and have yet to do so citing one excuse after another? How many people have wanted to start something—a business or a non-profit—and have yet to even make the first step due to one excuse after another? We say stuff like…
“It’s been a long day.”
“It’s too cold outside.”
“The baby kept my up all night.”
“I’m not in the mood.”
“I deserve a break.”
If any of these are legitimate concerns, by all means, tend to your needs first. Don’t neglect yourself and your family. But evaluate yourself. Are they legitimate concerns or are they simply convenient excuses not to do some really important things in life? I think it’s all the small excuses that will really get us in the end.