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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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MADE FASTER & STRONGER BY DAN COSSINS

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To Excuse Yourself Is To Abuse Yourself

To Excuse Yourself Is To Abuse Yourself

Just recently, I would say I’ve had a significant change in my personality. Some won’t believe that yet, but it’s enough for me that I think it, and that the people I love the most are telling me exactly that. Those who know what I was like, even if you’ve only heard the stories (10 years on and it’s still not uncommon for young University of Bath athletes to ask me if the stories are true, and shamefully I have to answer that most of them are), will know some of the issues I was trying to overcome......... 

Having spent a good 3 years trying various things to get on top of my out of control and destructive behavior, it is difficult to pinpoint one thing in particular. But one attitude I think that has significantly helped me is I’ve stopped making excuses for myself.

“It’s your fault I’m angry, Mum” “I didn’t make it because of all my injuries and that was my coaches fault” “He looked at me in a way I didn’t like” and “It’s much easier for the guys who went to private school to make money”  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blaaaaahhhhhhh.

For a good 20 years I excused myself of all my wrongdoing and failure. Just recently this has all melted away. I started to see the true nature of my actions and how that was affecting my life and the lives of those around me. I set myself a mantra, if you like “it’s ok to do what you like, as long as it’s not hurting you or anyone else.” In the past, I did what I liked whether it hurt other people or not.

On top of this I might add, instead of making excuses for myself, I found peace in making excuses for others. “that person could have just been rude to me because he’s having a really tough time at the moment.” “My dad got angry with me because he’s ill” “She finds it difficult to love me because men have messed her around in the past.” This is otherwise known as forgiveness, compassion and understanding.

So if you read this, and think I’m preaching, or that my suggestion you stop making excuses for yourself is me being hypocritical in light of what I just stated, well I excuse you and forgive you.

How does this relate to fitness, health and training. Well our health is an area we make more excuses than any other area, perhaps. And it’s the worst one of all to make excuses for.

“I’m too tired after work” “I have to look after the kids” “It’s too expensive to get a personal trainer and I hate fitness first (valid excuse)” “My back hurts whenever I try to work out” Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh.

If you were driving to the South of France on holiday tomorrow, today you’d be checking tyre pressure, putting oil and water in the car, cleaning out the crisp packets and empty costa express cups so that it’s comfortable for the journey. You may even get a nice packet of Werther’s Originals. You want the thing that’s getting you there to work right.

Your body is the vessel the consciousness that keeps you alive was born into. You won’t get a new one, it’s gonna look and feel similar, with the obvious signs of aging showing up along the way. You need that body to work well or as well as possible for the entirety of you life. And there’s only one process that allows it to stay working well. Wait for it; this revelation is about to break the internet;

1. Exercise frequently

2. Eat well

3. Stay hydrated

4. Stay flexible

You don’t need to do that 100% of the time. I enjoy many treats over the course of a week. I just make sure I force myself to do the 4 things above as much as life will allow. Some days I do struggle, that’s just life, but I don’t beat myself up about it, but I certainly don’t make excuses. If you’ve made excuses whilst reading this, you’re holding yourself back, and this is quite simply a form of self abuse. Now go for a run!

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