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Break Free Of The Excuses That Are Holding You Back

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We all fall victims to excuses. We can bury ourselves in excuses and never give ourselves a chance to truly achieve our dreams. Excuses build false boundaries that we can end up telling ourselves for years and begin to believe are noble truths.

But lucky for us, Jon Acuff has put together a list of the top five excuses we make that impact our lives and how to address them.

1. I’m Too Busy To Change My Life

You and I are busy. I admit we’ve got a lot going on in life. Being able to answer emails from the bathroom on our smartphones have made us all feel a little overwhelmed. The good news is I can give you 10 hours of free time in 10 seconds. Ready? Cut out 10 hours of TV every week. I am a genius! And I’m not telling you to become one of those pompous jerks at parties who loudly proclaim, “I don’t even own a TV.” (Those people watch YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. That counts.) The reality is that, according to a Nielsen study, the average American watches 38.5 hours of TV a week. I’m just saying cut your consumption back to a mere 28.5 hours. That’s very doable.

2. I Don’t Have Enough Money To Change My Life

Changing your life is free at first. The only resource it requires is time. Not money, but hustle. Not loans, but hard work. You don’t need to save up to change your life. You can start today, especially now that you’ve got an extra 10 hours of free time.

3. I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life

A lot of people I meet hope that their life’s purpose will arrive on the doorstep like a pizza. That perhaps, by some miracle, their calling will find them on their couch. Or they tell me that they have too many passions and don’t know which one to start on first. Inevitably, they are so afraid to pick the wrong passion that they don’t pick at all. The problem is that if you don’t pick any, you fail at all of them. Don’t know exactly what to do with your life? Me neither. Welcome to the human race. I guarantee, though, that if you were honest, you’d admit you have a general sense of what you want to do. No one I meet says, “I want to be either a marine biologist or a flamenco dancer in Northern Spain.” Instead, most of us have at least a fuzzy idea about what we want to do. Want to ferret it out a little? Start a blog or buy a journal and commit to writing about something that interests you once a week. In a matter of months, you’ll have a clearer picture of what you care about in your life.

4. Someday I’ll…

Someday is a great place to store your dreams. Someday you’ll write a book. Someday you’ll start a business. Someday you’ll own that llama you keep talking about. The only problem is that someday isn’t on any calendar. That day is never going to come. It’s a mythical black hole that swallows your time and your dreams and your hopes. Next time you say “someday,” take out your phone and actually pick a real-time and date to hustle on your dream.

5. It’s Just A Job

Stop it. Nothing you do for 40 hours of waking time each week is just a job. That’s not just a job; that’s just your life. And don’t fool yourself into thinking you can leave it there. You can’t. If you’re going through a divorce, on Monday morning you don’t switch back into work mode and perform at 100%. If you get a horrible performance review, you don’t flip the switch back into home mode and not think about it at dinner. If you hate your job, that eventually finds its way home. I once met a lady in her late 70s on an airplane. She read one of my books and asked me, “What do you do when all the excuses for not chasing your dream are gone?” It was a profoundly sad moment, because, for the first time, she was looking back on life — and realizing it had passed her by. Don’t let excuses rule the day.

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Malcom Jenkins Responds To NFL’s New Policy For The National Anthem

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The NFL has decided to create a new policy that prohibits players from kneeling during the national anthem.

The league’s new national anthem policy, players are required to either stand for the anthem prior to a game, or stay in their locker room. If a player comes out for the anthem and kneels, their team would be fined, and commissioner Roger Goodell would “impose appropriate discipline.”

This comes off as the NFL owners trying to silence players and some players are not happy about the new policy.

“What ownersners did today was thwart the players’ constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country,” Jenkins said, per TMZ. “Everyone loses when voices get stifled […] While I disagree with this decision, I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting.”

Jenkins also reaffirmed his support for the players that chose to protest.

“The national conversation around race in America that NFL players forced over the past 2 years will persist as we continue to use our voices, our time and our money to create a more fair and just criminal justice system, end police brutality and foster better educational and economic opportunities for communities of color and those struggling in this country,” he said.

 

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Kobe Byrant Was Shocked By Kanye’s Slavery Comments

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Future HOF and Oscar Winner Kobe Bryant spoke out about Kanye’s recent slavery comments.

The NBA legend spoke with high school students at We Rise LA over the weekend, an event dedicated to inspiring future generations. In a video posted by TMZ, Bryant gave his two cents about West’s opinions during a Q&A session.

“I’m sure [I felt] the way everybody else here in this room feels,” Bryant admitted when a student asked about his response to the slavery comment in particular. “‘The hell are you talking about?’ I think that was my reaction as is everybody else’s reaction.”

Bryant continued, “The thing about our country is that you have the right to say whatever it is that you want to say. That’s the beautiful part about living in a democracy. Conversely, you have to take the responses that come after that as well.”

The athlete explained his theory that entertainers like Ye are “always in a state of growth,” challenging themselves and frequently questioning  their own opinions. However, in this case, Bryant’s opinion is firm: “Completely disagree.”

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JJ Watt Offers To Aid With The Funerals For The Victims Of The Santa Fe Shooting

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt plans to cover the costs of the funerals of the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Santa Fe High School was the site of the latest school shooting tragedy. Ten people were killed, nine of them students, and another 10 were injured at the Houston area high school on Friday after a 17-year-old gunman opened fire with a shotgun and a revolver in the school.

When the news hit Watt responded with a tweet about the tragedy that ended lives due to gun violence.

Watt responded by offering to help the families during the worst moments of their lives. J.J. Watt reached out to the school to provide the support he could for the families of the victims, offering to cover all funeral costs for those killed in the tragedy.

Watt has used his stature in the Houston community to help those in need after tragedies in recent years, most notably raising $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief after it ravaged the city last August.

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