It’s amazing the excuses I can come up with when I don’t want to do something…

During OFFICE HOURS last week I remembered a story that felt both ridiculous and very true.

It was awhile ago… when I had just moved to Toronto, and was missing the physical activity that living on a farm used to provide by the shovel full.

But I didn’t want to go to the gym.

If I’m being honest, with the benefit of hindsight… I was a little scared to look stupid because I didn’t know what to do at a gym. I didn’t know how the machines worked. I didn’t know what to wear. And I definitely didn’t know what to do on leg day.

But the excuse that kept coming to the front of my brain was… I didn’t have any gym shoes.


That’s the reason I put it off for months… even though I knew that I would feel way better if I went.

2 years later… I bought a pair of shoes… and as I was paying for them, I felt that voice in my head, the one that had been complaining about shoes for the last 2 years, prepping a new excuse…

Ankle socks.

But this time I cut him off at the pass. I bought shoes AND ankle socks that day. Later that week I took my first trip to the gym.

What are your tiny, but powerful, excuses? 

Little excuses can stop us in our tracks.
I’ve talked to so many people who have been meaning to: start a budget, switch banks, dig into that giant pile of receipts … but most of them aren’t doing anything all because of … well… there are actually a thousand reasons (read: excuses).
So, what are yours? What are some of the things that you want to do, but every time you’re about to try a voice in your head throws up an excuse…?

… maybe it’s time to just buy some ankle socks.

If you want to talk about ankle socks, excuses, or anything else… send me an email or sign up for OFFICE HOURS some time.

You also might want to check out this post on how YOU’RE NOT A USELESS PIECE OF $%#& IF YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO BUDGET… it’s one of my favourite things that I’ve written in a long time.


Chris Enns

Chris Enns

Financial Planner/Opera Singer

Money never came naturally to me. In fact... I was a bit of a disaster. I remember (very clearly) what it feels like to be 'financially out of control'.

And honestly, I still get stressed about money... that doesn't stop... the difference is that now I have the tools to deal with that stress.

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