How to Overcome Excuses

You might notice that this year I’m doing fewer interviews and more solo podcasts, with tips from my psychology practice. I’m really enjoying doing shorter podcasts with information I’ve used with my clients for years. As someone who has been practicing psychology for over 20 years, I know tons of useful tidbits and research that my clients enjoy. This season, I’ll be bringing you many of these tools.

This week, I’m discussing and issue straight from the heart, EXCUSES! Unlike most psychologists, I have a strict exercise policy with my clients. Clients who come to see me for therapy must engage in an exercise plan. Unless their doctor says it isn’t wise, I insist that my clients exercise. I would be remiss in my job, given the overwhelming research on exercise, if I didn’t make it part of an effective treatment plan.

After I tell clients they must exercise routinely, I typically get one of two answers. The first is something along the lines of, “I already exercise regularly.” The second answer, if the person doesn’t exercise, is usually an excuse. “I don’t have time.” “I can’t afford it.” “I don’t like exercise.” I’m sure you fall into one of the two camps.

Here are the most common excuses I hear.

  1. I don’t have time to exercise.
  2. I can’t afford a gym/trainer/program.
  3. I dislike exercise. It’s boring and/or awful.
  4. Exercise hurts my back/knees/hips/neck/feet (fill in the blank).
  5. People who are obsessed with exercise are shallow/rich/self-centered (the judgment excuse). I’m not like that.

Listen in to this 12 minute podcast where I will outline some very simple tips on overcoming excuses. It might feel harsh. Perhaps it’s a little in your face, but if you genuinely want to stop making excuses, this will help. Excuses strip you of your power. They trick you into believing that you could be healthier, if only something was different about your life.

The truth is, you can exercise, or reach any other goal, now. No matter what your current reality, you can figure it out. People with less money, less time, more aches and pains, and more life complications, figure it out. If you are someone who uses excuses in any part of your life, it’s time to stop. It’s time to rid yourself of the habit of making excuses and carry on with your best life.

You can listen to me talk through this in the podcast by clicking ‘play’ below or in the following places:

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Thank you for listening,
Shannon Connery, Ph.D.

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