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No Excuses for Annual Goals

Most of us use this time of year to set goals for the new year and I wanted to use this very small post to share a personal story about my own excuses and self-sabotage!

Be Aware of Excuses and other Self-Limiting Beliefs!

What do I mean? Allow me to share my personal story with you from last year…

I often have some physical fitness goal as part of my annual goals. However over the last two years, as my discretionary time became more limited, I gave myself easy outs:

  • “family is the priority followed by day job and online job…not working out means I correctly prioritized my work”
  • “I don’t have time to do it all, something has to give”
  • “I can catch up later”
  • “I don’t work on my online business when my kids are awake so I need to make the most of the time they are asleep”

With these limiting beliefs or excuses I didn’t push as hard as I could have to find a solution.

Given my schedule I am not beating myself up too much for not finding a solution sooner.

Typical Schedule:

Priorities – Wife, 2 kids/family, day job and online business…

  • Wake – 6am
  • Leave for Work – 6:15am
  • Home By – 6:00pm (20 min commute)
  • Family Time & House Cleanup – 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Work Online – 8:00pm – 10:45pm
  • Prep for Next Day – 10:45-11:00


  • Weekends I can add another work block of 1-2hrs per day when my kids are napping
  • Some stretches at work can consume 90hrs of my week (1-2 months a year typically)
  • I play 1 low intensity sport once per week (volleyball winter & 2-pitch summer) (see my shin below for proof)
  • TV/computer games has been almost all cut (Game of Thrones and House of Cards still)
  • Schedule generally varies by up to a 1/2hr given the day

Instead of pushing to find a way to make it work I accepted my schedule and other time commitments as a valid excuse for not setting any fitness goals.

So What is Going to Change Now? No More Excuses!

Instead of thinking why I can’t do something and then validating that excuse I am determined to figure out how to make it all work.

So in prep for 2016 I have engineered hacked together (with 2×4’s, PVC piping, floor padding and zip-ties (only $6 of new material)) a way to not have the excuse of not enough time to workout…


(still a work in progress… think of this as my minimum viable bike desk… more comfortable seat(must!), mouse pad, second monitor permanent, accessible water bottle holder and white board on the wall beside me are still to be added – once fully setup I will share an update)

So far I have been able to use this everyday I have been home and my productivity has not taken a dip.

Key Takeaway – When you are setting your goals and you hear the little voice inside your head giving you a reason/excuse/self-limiting belief why you can’t achieve the goal recognize it and attempt to come up with a solution don’t simply accept it!

About the Author Jon

I am a 33 year old husband, father of 3, engineer and a huge fan of developing systems to build useful and profitable websites. The reason I build online businesses is to provide financial independence for my family and yours AND so I can spend time outside skiing and biking with my family.
Jon Gillham, Online Entrepreneur

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