It’s actually two words No Excuses.
Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves.
– Robert Frost
Today marks the sixth year that I quit smoking cigarettes. Six years! A New Year’s Resolution gone right. I mean, nobody actual succeeds at those…do they???
But I did. Cold Turkey. I smoked my last one around noon January 1st, 2006. I never picked them up again. Not another puff.
I’m not saying it was easy to just walk way from a long-term habit. It wasn’t. I’ve been addicted to a lot of things in my life and this one, by far, was the hardest to kick. I grew up with smokers. I went to France as a teenager surrounded by young kids smoking. I picked it up pretty easily.
It was in my blood, and in my brain. And it became a habit I had to break for many reasons, but mainly health, and for my daughter.
It was tough.
But I did not give myself an excuse to start back again. No reason was good enough to start smoking, because I wouldn’t let it be, and it wasn’t too long before I hardly thought of it. After a few months smoke-free, I became allergic to smoke.
Now, if I’m around it, it gives me a headache and it makes me feel nauseous.
Thing is, I was probably allergic to it all along. No wonder I felt so much better after I quit.
That year, I went on an exercise kick that lasted many years. I quit smoking, I start drinking a ton of water, and I added hard-core exercise. Sometimes, I exercised three times a day.
The extra weight I carried melted away.
Seven months later in 2006…..
I had a No Excuses mind-set. I would not let anything stand in my way.
Now…I am back to photo number one. I need the mind-set I had in 2006 – one that quit smoking, quit over-eating, and exercised daily. A No Excuses me.
The last few years there have been excuses…….
I’m too tired. I’m too stressed. I’m too busy. I’m too injured…..from a car accident, a fall, or a nasty break-up.
Excuses is what I have eaten for dinner and taken to bed. They are my BFF.
And I use them, not just for healthy things, but for everything in my life….my photography…..my reading….my side business….my friends.
Excuses. The why I can’t complete or succeed at ________ (fill in the blank).
So this year, I will put my excuses in 2011, and they can stay there.
How about you? Do you have a word or a resolution for 2012?