On Challenges and Excuses

 

 

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 I've been working on some New Years resolutions the past few weeks. I'm a big planner, so I made plans on how I was going to keep these resolutions. I scheduled times to do them. So far, I've been kind of successful with most of them. But things keep getting in the way. Unexpected things will come up, I'll have other more urgent responsibilities, or I'll get to the end of the day and be too tired.

And then one day my professor put this statement up on the board- challenges are not excuses. 

And that was when it really sunk in for me that successfully keeping resolutions isn't so much about creating and executing the perfect plan, but about learning to overcome challenges. It reminded me of an article I read awhile ago about people who successfully maintain good habits. The thing that made these people so successful was that they found a way to make their habit work in any circumstances. The writer used the example of her dad, who goes running every day. When he's on vacation, or traveling for work, he doesn't use that as an excuse to skip his run for the day. He finds a way to fit it into his schedule. 

So now I have a new resolution. When my plan to do one of my resolutions doesn't work out the way I wanted it to, I'll make it work another way. Because challenges are not excuses.

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