Transformative Thursdays: Getting Unstuck from Excuses

The other morning, I walked into my four-year old’s room to wake him up for school and was greeted by an awful smell. I couldn’t tell if it was vomit or something else. I was hoping he wasn’t sick but as I got closer to him, I could tell exactly what it was. He had defecated on himself. I quickly woke him up and asked him why he had done it. He sleepily replied, “Mommy, I was too sleepy to get up and go to the bathroom.”

Unfortunately, many times we find ourselves making excuses and just settling for doing something that is not acceptable, or beneath us or down-right disgusting. We are too tired, too frustrated, too confused, too insecure, too ashamed, too afraid or whatever, to get up and do what we know we are supposed to do. We are all equipped with dreams and desires, but they won’t happen if we continue to make excuses.

My son couldn’t have been comfortable laying in poop, but at the moment, it seemed like the best decision. How many of us are laying in poop and clearly missing the better life, the better job, the better relationship, the better house? Take a moment and think about where you are. How did you get there? What circumstances led you there? Are you making plans to change your situation? Are you satisfied and content? Are you ready to move to something better?

Moving forward begins with a resolve and determination to take the first step. If you’re really serious about moving forward, take one small step today. Every step is progress towards a more fulfilled life. The power to get unstuck lies with you!

~Coletta Jones Patterson

*Coletta is an author, life coach, and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck.  Connect with Coletta at

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