I was in my local grocery store last night perusing magazines as I’m prone to do.

Two women nearby were talking.

“My husband said, ‘Let’s go running’ but I said, “Why? Let’s just wait until after the New Year.'”

Her friend seemed to think that was a prudent strategy.

It isn’t, of course, if you really want the benefits of exercise. Unless you have an injury that prevents it, running at any time is a good idea, and running now will help burn some of those extra holiday calories.

What I was hearing wasn’t a strategy, of course, but an excuse.

The “after the New Year” excuse will become “after Valentine’s Day” and then “after it warms up.”

Making excuses is a right exercised by man, but don’t try to fool yourself or others by dressing them up as valid reasons.

Benefits are best enjoyed immediately, and they come to those who are willing to do the work of creating them.

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Mark Sanborn
About Mark Sanborn

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change. Mark Sanborn graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University. In addition to his work as a business educator and author, Mark continues to be an active leadership practitioner. Most recently he served as the president of the National Speakers Association.

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