Your Excuses Don’t Matter, Here’s how to Get Rid of Them

The new year is a chance for a fresh start. It’s a time to build healthy habits to replace old bad ones and a time to take responsibility for getting where you want to go in 2020. Part of making it to your own finish line is getting rid of the excuses that have held you back until now. Excuses keep you in your comfort zone and prevent you from pushing your limits. They’re a recipe for failed potential.

It’s time to take a good, hard, honest look at the excuses you make. Delve deep into their roots. Is it fear of failure? Fear of the unknown? Once you know why you make them, you can create strategies for moving past them. Then, you can give yourself space to grow and have what you need to reach your goals this year. It all starts right now.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Identify your excuses
  • Ask yourself why you’re making those excuses
  • Surround yourself with people who will push you
  • Stop playing the comparison game
  • Create healthy habits to replace them


“(Excuses) trick us into believing that life within our comfort zone is better for us. (They) make so many of us believe that how our life is right now is how it will always be because that’s just how things work out.

Jake Thompson

“You get to the point where you give up or you get to that same point. You get sick of making excuses and you decide to take responsibility for where you are right now and start putting in the work toward where you want to go tomorrow without the excuses.” -Jake Thompson

“Our excuses do not matter. Our actions do.” – @JakeAThompson

“A sprinter cannot run at top speed if they’re worrying what everyone else is doing around them, if they’re worrying where everyone else is on every other lane on the track. It’s only by focusing on their lane, running their race, and pushing toward their finish line do they reach top speed.”

“Everyone that’s there, that place you want to be, that success you want to have, at some point, they were at the same starting line you’re standing at now. They just started running. So, start running.”

Jake Thompson

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