You’ve seen it before. You’ve probably been victim to it at some time in your life. Ok, it’s not a REAL disease, but it might as well be. Excusitis is the main cause of failure in any endeavour, especially health, fitness, and weight loss. According to Dr. David Schwartz, PhD in The Magic Of Thinking Big “the more successful the individual, the less inclined he is to make excuses”. People who are mediocre could probably write a book of all the reasons why they didn’t accomplish their dreams and goals. Why are we inclined to make excuses? To save face, of course. We like to blame our failures on numerous things like traumatic childhoods, lack of money, lack of time, too old, too young, too tired, too busy, etc. The bad part is that once we claim something as our excuse, we hold on to it for dear life. This excuse (or lie) seeps into our subconscious mind and becomes embedded there. Repetitive thoughts – either positive or negative – become more and more ingrained so that they become deeply rooted beliefs. (Incidentally, this is why I’m such a fan of positive thinking, especially when your thoughts conform to the absolute truth which comes from the Word of God). So, the “treatment” for excusitis is obviously to avoid making excuses in the first place. Take responsibity for your goals, dreams, and decisions. When it comes to exercise and weight loss, it is always a good idea to look at your current lifestyle and then rationally assess how much time you have in your schedule; whether you are truly motivated to do the work of exercise and proper nutrition; and whether or not it is truly a priority for you. If it is, then set some realistic goals, establish a plan, try your plan on for size, modify it as needed, and persevere even when it gets hard. This is the secret to health and fitness, but it’s also the way to succeed with just about anything in life.