Do You Have an Excuse or a Real Limitation?

Did you know that many people believe they are limited in so many ways and that they can’t do things when in fact they have EVERYTHING they ever need to be successful?

They invent excuses to justify why they can’t do things and even why they shouldn’t try at all. The thing is, these excuses are nearly always NOT the real limitations that they think they are.

So the question I’m going to talk about today is this…

What’s the difference between an excuse and a real limitation?

An excuse

An excuse can be defined as "seeking to justify a fault". In other words a person knows they have a problem somewhere but rather than rectify the problem they choose to look for reasons to justify it instead.

This can be deep in the subconscious where the person doesn’t even realise that the problem exists and genuinely believes they have a real limitation rather than an excuse.

An excuse is something you can control. It may be a negative thought or belief, a negative emotion, or a fear that’s holding you back, but it can be overcome.

How can you do this?

By taking some positive action and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. The more you fight against an excuse, realise what it really is, and keep trying to overcome it, the greater chance you have of making it a thing of the past.

Many people have excuses not to run or not try as hard as they could. Let’s take a look at some of them…

"It’s too cold outside to run"
"It’s raining so I can’t run"
"I haven’t got time"
"I can’t be bothered"
"What will people think?"
"I’m too fat to run"

The thing with excuses like these is that they are false and are the invention of the person who has them. In other words they exist only in the mind of that person. They are what that person chooses to believe.

One person may create an excuse not to run or to take a day off whereas someone else in the exact same situation will be out there running, loving every minute of it, and getting better weight loss results.

The only difference is that one person has made an excuse whereas the other person has got rid of their excuses and taken some positive action which then provides them with the tremendous benefits that running provides.

A real limitation

A real limitation can be defined as a "restriction or defect". It’s something that actually stops you from doing something. No matter how hard you try you will never be able to do it.

The difference between an excuse and a real limitation is that an excuse is something that you can actually do something about whereas a real limitation is something that can’t be overcome.

Here are some examples of real limitations…

– You can’t throw a ball because you haven’t got any arms
– You can’t run because you’re paralysed from the waist down
– You can’t run because you had a heart attack last week
– You can’t run because you have terrible arthritis and it’s painful just to walk

Can you see the huge difference here between an excuse and a real limitation?

The disappointing thing is that the vast majority of people don’t have anything like these limitations yet they have an abundance of excuses.

On the other hand, the people who actually have these real limitations would give anything to have the opportunity that people like YOU have to be able to run.

Overcoming excuses

It can feel difficult to get rid of excuses but the first thing to do is take some time to think about what excuses you may have and realise what these excuses are.

Then it’s a matter of getting out of your comfort zone, challenging these excuses, and forcing them out of the way. Don’t allow them to slow you down or hold you back.

There’s no doubt that everybody has excuses from time to time but it’s very important not to let them stop you from achieving what you want, especially when YOU ARE perfectly capable of achieving what you want.

Get more out of your running, get more out of your weight loss, and ultimately get more out of your life.

If you want to lose weight, improve your health and fitness, and get a better looking body then go for it, stick with it, and make it happen.

What’s stopping you? An excuse or a real limitation?


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4 Responses to Do You Have an Excuse or a Real Limitation?

  1. Nicoleta says:

    =) for years my excuse used to be : I am not a runner

  2. Anita says:

    Good question! I had to overcome the pain in my shins. I didn’t want this to be an excuse to quit! Thanks James for the advice on how to deal with this issue. I had to reset my goals and be more realistic. I am happy to report that I haven’t had any pain for weeks and this week I officially can ran 3o min straight. On to the next goal…

    Cheers, Anita

    • James says:

      It’s great to hear that you’re free from pain and now up to 30 minutes running Anita.

      Like you say, onto the next goal. Keep improving and keep getting better results, that’s what it’s all about.