Results or Excuses?


I passed a billboard the other day and as I read it, I was immediately inspired and challenged, motivated and disappointed… all at the same time. The power packed phrase was this: You can have results or excuses, but not both.”


How does that make you feel when you read it? Does it bring things up in you like it did in me? This is a great observation. We really can’t have both. Excuses prevent results. These two are like oil and water. It is true that sometimes we have good “reasons” that are obstacles preventing results. but if we are really honest with ourselves, excuses are easy to come by.


Some excuses I’ve heard from others or myself have sounded like:

  • “I don’t have the time or energy.”
  • “I’m overwhelmed.
  • “I don’t know where to start.”
  • “It’s because … “(pointing the finger at someone else or circumstances).


When looking deeper and being even more honest, it can sound like:

  • “It’s just easier to make excuses than actually get after it.”
  • “I don’t know that I’m capable or have what it takes.”
  • “I don’t want others to see my shortcomings.”


Doubt is the most prominent stumbling block that seems to be glaring at us. Doubt is given far too much power in our minds and therefore, our lives. It is like water on a fire that is intended to burn hot and bright.


So let’s say that doubt is removed from our thinking … wow, the possibilities! Who want to kick doubt in the teeth? I know I do … who’s coming with me?


Here are some questions to help get your wheels spinning:

  • What do the excuses in your mind sound like?
  • What are the areas in your life where you are eager to see results?
  • What are you willing to do to make that happen?


I believe the capacity within each of us in immeasurable. If doubt is absent, possibilities are endless. Let’s take as stance with ourselves that says “no” to excuses and begin witnessing results!



brendaBrenda Boback is a Certified Personal Trainer and Cycling Instructor at Harbor Fit. When not teaching classes, Brenda is working one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their fitness goals. She has a special interest in diabetes prevention, nutrition, and women’s health and wellness. You can contact Brenda at







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