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This topic reminds me of the Tufts Health Plan commercial about people’s excuses for not going to the gym. “There’s always an excuse to not work out.”

“I forgot my ponytail holder” and “Wednesdays are weird” are both great excuses from the commercial. It reminds me that we have no trouble coming up with an excuse when there is something we just don’t want to do. Personally, I like going to the gym (most of the time). When I first meet with clients who are avoiding something, they will come in with big stories about why they can’t do something. Sometimes the excuses are around money, not having time, or it’s just too difficult. Usually, we’re able to uncover what’s really in the way and then move forward.

The next time you find yourself making an excuse for not doing something, ask yourself what you are avoiding. Maybe it means having an uncomfortable conversation, or confronting a fear. We all make time for the people and things that are important to us. Sadly, sometimes that includes too much time on Facebook or in front of the tv, instead of doing something productive.

If you’re wanting (or need) to make a career transition, are you spending quality time each day on your search? This can be applied to any part of your life. Pay attention to the excuses you make and honestly ask yourself what you are avoiding. Sometimes we need help reaching that next step.