Results Or Excuses

results or excusesIn life, you generally have one of two things… results or excuses and not much in between. The funny thing is that between results or excuses the results typically speak for themselves while excuses require much explanation.

Results Or Excuses

Ken Chlouber who founded the Leadville Trail 100 Run always gives quite the emotional and motivating speech before each and every run at the pre-race briefing. One of his favorite anecdotes is this…  “If you finish the run and someone asks if you finished you can look them in the eye and tell them yes.  Story over… But if you don’t finish, you will talk to them (and everyone else who asks) for thirty minutes explaining all of your reasons for quitting and not finishing.”

Between defining results or excuses – Ken makes it rather clear.

There is the old saying that goes, “Opinions are like butt-holes, everyone has one and they all stink.” Well the same can more or less be said about excuses… they all stink as well.

Excuses such as…

“I don’t have enough time…”

“I might fail…”

“I am not motivated enough…”

“I just can’t get started…”

“I am not ready yet…”

“It was/is too hard…”

“I don’t have enough money…”

“I’m too tired…”

“I have to do x,y, and z first…”

And my favorite…

“It was so-and-so’s fault…”

You can spend waste a lot of time and energy with your excuses, coming up with them, explaining them, and defending them… So much energy that I confidently speculate that when it comes down to it… results are easier to produce energy-wise (meaning doing the work) than the effort it takes to explain a lack of results.

You can only produce one of two things… results or excuses but there can be a more sinister behavior at play and that is sabotage. That is instead of creating results you spend time actively creating your excuses and therefore creating your own failure.

What I mean by that is that you create an environment and a life that is so demanding and complicated that you are prevented from ever doing anything to give you any forward momentum at all. You over commit yourself to the trivial so much that you never have the time or the energy to tackle the meaningful.

Results as I eluded to earlier speak for themselves… you show up, you do the work, you commit to progress regardless of how slow or fast it may be, and you are consistent with your efforts… and you vow to never give up.

We can either produce results or we can come up with 100’s of excuses for falling short… and in the end, the work required for either is about the same. Or as I said, earlier… coming up with excuses might actually take up MORE time and energy.

So what are you doing today? Are you creating results or excuses for yourself? If you are creating excuses then I challenge you to do this for one day… be quiet… do the work, do the right things and the hard things that will guarantee your success… and to take it even further… vow to yourself to NEVER give excuses again in your life… vow to create nothing but mind-blowing results… always.

People don’t care about your excuses and they surely do not talk about them but I can promise you this… they DO talk about your results… Let the others do the talking instead of you…

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten 15 August 2014 (Me with Ken Chlouber at the 2014 Leadville Trail 100 Run Pre-Race briefing.)

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