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Kicking Down Excuse-itis


Isn’t that a picture to start the year off right.

Those are my feet. They obviously don’t always look like that. Usually they are rather nice, I think. Clean, small, evenly coloured. These are my feet after an 8 mile, 7 hour hike in the Northern paradise of Kauai.

Today, we are talking about is the WORST DISEASE there ever was.

This is the disease that keeps you from getting sh!t done, that keeps you from chasing your dreams, that keeps you from being your best, your healthiest, your most amazing. This disease is epidemic. We like to blame the symptoms of the disease like not having enough time, or space, or love or money. But those are just the symptoms. They are not the cause.

Today, we battle the epidemic of Excuse-itis.

Excuse-itis is the disease we grab hold of and hang on to for dear life. We believe that it can keep us safe and make us feel okay about not doing all that we are capable of. It allows us to blame other people and circumstances for where we find ourselves, and why we are where we are.  We use excuse-itis to do nothing instead of something, be passive instead of active, be herded along rather than make change.

But see- a bad case of excuse-itis doesn’t just affect you. It affects me too, and everyone else in your world. When you aren’t living to your super-powered potential, taking risks, being your healthiest in mind and in body, being conscious in all your decisions, communications and motivations. You are selling your whole entire self short. Don’t do it, okay?

Behind excuse-itis is often fear. Enough of that already.

Part of the reason I stopped doing one-to-one coaching was because I had no patience for people’s excuse-itis. I really truly know that there is always enough of everything to do what you want to do and live how you want to live when you start to heal from that chronic bout of excuse-itis. There are also always enough excuses to enable yourself to do nothing, if you want to go that way. Are you with me?

The first step in overcoming is getting your healthiest. That part is the easy part if you ask me. It doesn’t involve dumping your drag-you-down lover, quitting your job or moving to Kauai. It just involves changing what you put in your mouth. You’re already eating. Just change what’s going in.

So here’s what you’re going to do…

  • Make a list of all the things (or just one, or cut it down to five, whatever) that you need to change.
  • Make a list of all the ‘reasons’ that this hasn’t happened/been achieved yet.
  • Now take that list and scribble all over it, crumple it into a tiny ball, run it through your blender, or do the happy dance all over it.
  • Now make a list of all the tools, people, knowledge, strategies and skills you have at your disposal that can make this happen.
  • Then visualize what life would be like when you ditch the excuses and just do it!
  • Clean up your living! This means your sleep habits, your exercise habits, your socializing habits, your horrible kick you to the ground food craving habits and all your other less than AwesomeTown eating habits and get yourself together chiquitta!
Together we are going to band together and kick this Excuse-itis to the ground.
For the next year, I am committing to you wholly and completely to make more information, services and programs available to you, no matter where you live. I have your back, daily, and will be here with some inspiration and a little cheer-leading to keep you going. I will be your accountability- factor as you throw excuse-itis out the window.
Question Of The Day? What dream/challenge/goal are you committing to take on in the New Year?

43 responses to “Kicking Down Excuse-itis”

  1. TREVOR JOHNSTON (@trevmoy) (@trevmoy) (@trevmoy) (@trevmoy) (@trevmoy) says:

    Kicking Down Excuse-itis: Isn’t that a picture to start the year off right.

    Those are my feet. They obviously d…

    • LisaJUlmer says:

      Meghan: This Might Sound Superficial……….but My First Thought Was………How is it Hiking in That Kind of Footwear????……….Before I Got Sick 4 1/2 Years Ago, I Used to Hike in Different Natural, and Provincial Parks in Ontario, Canada…………….I Always Wore [still Have Them…….They’re Dusty, But Waiting] Hiking BOOTS that Support My Ankle {so that I Don’t Twist it}…………and Also So That I Couldn’t Feel The Stones,Branches, and Other Debris You Have to Walk Over and Through on A Hike……………………………………

  2. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) says:

    Ever suffered from a bad case of THIS disease? #FabDetox #Resolutions

    • LisaJUlmer says:

      ………………Also, What Kind of Tape is That on Your Feet????……..Did You Put That OVER Blisters……..OR to Prevent Them??????????????……………………………………….

  3. Rachel Thomson (@rlthomson18) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012. My goal is small- I’m just going to change my life!

  4. Rachel says:

    Thanks Meghan, this is just what I needed to hear today! This year, I am going to change my life by finding work that I love instead of a job that drags me down. It’s difficult to make the change, but like you said, the only thing holding me back is excuse-itis! Happy new year, and thanks for all the wisdom you share every day. I appreciate more than you know!

  5. Shannon says:

    What a great post and exercise – I love the part about putting the list in the blender :) I got a brand new journal on Saturday and look forward to making the exercise part of my entry today.

    I have a few goals that I’m committing to for the new year. One is making my bachelor apartment a place that I want to be. It hasn’t been and come on, this should be my zen oaisis. I’ve decided to totally change it around redecorate, making it the place to be. I’ve even got the steps down to make change a reality and affordable. First phase to be completed by month’s end. I cannot wait!

    I don’t need to be entered into the contest for the Fab Uplift Detox program – I eagerly jumped at the offer you sent out last Wednesday. Cannot wait!

    Thanks, again, for the post today :)

  6. Michelle Kenny says:

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration today Meghan!
    I’ve decided to do a cut out the wheat and refined sugar challenge this year so a post on excuse-itis is perfect way to start the day.. and the New Year.
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge and being so awesometown!!!! (best word ever!)

  7. Jennifer says:

    I have lots… build my bones back from osteopenia (I’m only 37 so this one scares me), strengthen my back to support the fracture on my spine, eat a mainly vegetarian diet, and spend more time and effort in decorating my house (actually hanging pictures up instead of leaning them against the wall). The last one is sort of silly, but it’s time.

  8. Kristin says:

    What a beautiful idea, beating excuse-itis from here on out. Great, great post- and wonderful looking hike you had! xoxo

  9. Christa says:

    Perfect timing for a good old kick in the pants! Loved this post… I’m gearing up for the Fab Detox, and very excited about it. I went back and forth, of course making excuses why I shouldn’t do it, but I’m on board!

    From the pictures and description, the hike you did was along Na Pali Coast? My husband and I did the same hike in September, and it WAS hard! I fell a few times and definitely wanted to quit, but make it through and felt incredibly spectacular that we made it! I can’t comprehend those who do the entire overnight hike, unreal. Kauai is just breathtaking isn’t it?!

  10. Odelia says:

    Aw, see this is just the thing most of us need to hear. It also contains the all-important “why” behind why we don’t stick to our resolutions for very long.

    It’s good to have you back, tellin’ it like it is, Meghan! Here’s to a healthy, rockstar 2012!

    – Odelia xo

  11. Jyll Bond (@wholeability) (@wholeability) (@wholeability) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  12. Amber Patterson (@pattersonamber) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.
    I am ready Ms. Meghan Telpner and so excited.

  13. Amber says:

    This year I am committed to living a more balanced life and working through the fear that tethers me to excuse-itis.

  14. Noel Guillory says:

    I’m committed to getting off birth control pills, kicking alcohol, kicking caffeine (and decaf because it’s harmful for it’s own reasons), and switching to the Diva Cup and reusable pads. My lady parts are going to be all kinds of healthy, my skin is going to be clear, and my UC is going to be under control! These are things that I’ve thought about, but never really committed to- now’s the time. I’m posting all about it on the internet to keep me honest too!

  15. Courtney says:

    Thanks for the peptalk : ) In 2012 I will have something green on my plate at every meal. I’m a girl that doesn’t like her greens, but I need to keep kicking my MS to the curb! Thanks for helping!

  16. Catriona Linton (@catrionalinton) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  17. michelle says:

    Hi Meghan!

    Thanks for that timely post! This year I am committed to letting go of excuses, and travelling solo to some places I’ve always wanted to go. I already have a ticket to a music festival in the mountains of colorado this summer and am have my eye on some painting workshops in California. I’m scared and excited!

  18. Amy Hamilton (@AmesHam) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  19. Sham Dhanji (@shampagnekash) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  20. Sham Dhanji (@shampagnekash) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  21. Sarah Lambert (@becoming_sarah) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  22. Nanda says:

    My commitment for January 2012 is take a yoga class 3 times a Week and in the end see how I feel about it. I find easy to make small goals, that way in the end of the time frame you can reevaluate what went right and make changes on what did not.
    Also I’m gonna look into online Holistic Nutrition schools and my goal is to start no later than July 2012. Happy New Year!

  23. Ashley Mauceri (@AshMauceri) (@AshMauceri) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  24. Ashley says:

    I tweeted! Thank you so much for the giveaway and the uplifting words :)

  25. Ami @ parsnips and pears says:

    I LOVE this post!! It is sooo true and very motivational and just the kick in the pants I needed. I have developed a bad case of excuse-itis since becoming a wife and mother. Nobody is responsible for my life and how it is lived but me! My goal for 2012 is to take back my life and get out there and live it again!! I know I will be a better wife and mother for it! I have been putting off, putting off trying out hot yoga for like a year now… my goal for January is to just DO IT! Quit making excuses, get over the fear of looking like an idiot and just TRY it! I figure if I focus on one new goal a month it will be easy peasy :)

  26. Steve Thuraisingham says:

    Im commiting to be more handy around the house. Also, I’d like to eat healthier so that I can be a good role model to my son. I’m going to work harder in the gym and get that 6 pack I’ve always wanted. Although my goals are typical, unlike others who quit after a few months, I am going to push myself hard to get to my goals!

  27. Jeana says:

    I’ve got several challenges that I feel ready to take on during this new year. But the first and most important of all of these is regaining my health and energy. For me, this is a three pronged approach: making better eating choices, moving my body in ways I enjoy, and (re) establishing spiritual practices. Key to this process is also eliminating things that don’t serve me, but that drain my time and resources.

    I believe that if I can do these things, no excuses, the rest of my goals will be easy-peasy.

    Thanks Meghan!
    You are definitely one of my super heroes!

  28. Marilene says:

    AMAZING POST! I get a case of excuse-itis far too often for my own good and you’re right its all because of fear. Thanks for reminding me to kick it into high gear this year and kick fear, anxiety and all that silly stuff to the curb.

  29. Tiff_TAP (@tiff_tap) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  30. Tiff_TAP (@tiff_tap) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  31. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) says:

    kick this disease to the curb in 2012! #resolutions #2012

  32. Kennedy Baker (@kl_bakes) says:

    Must-read post. No more excuses in 2012! RT @meghantelpner Let’s kick out excuse-itis and clean up your living!

  33. Jennifer R says:

    Sounds selfish, but I want to focus on me and my health in 2012. With 3 kids, I often get so busy taking care of them, that I neglect myself. That WILL change this year :)

  34. Tamara Schweber (@iCurlyT) (@iCurlyT) (@iCurlyT) says:

    @meghantelpner and I are kicking Excuse-itis to the curb in 2012.

  35. How to Stop Self-Sabotage | MeghanTV says:

    […] change. So we let our minds play all sorts of tricks on us, we come down with an epidemic case of excuse-itis, and then instead of taking it to the next level, we stop, fall short and unravel all the work we […]

  36. sharon stanley says:

    oh my goodness, no tweeting for me, but i have a terrible case of excuse-itis. rabid case in fact, so i am hoping you will keep your word and post little words of wisdom and advice as i strive to once and for all cure myself of this hideous excuse-ridden disease!

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