July 14, 2024


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Flip Your Excuses by Dai Sifu Keith Fanning

Flip Your Excuses by Dai Sifu Keith Fanning

Hi, today I want to talk to you about trying to flip your excuses, every day when I teach i hear an excuse of why someone is not training, some days I even give them myself.

The other day I came home from work, I was tired, I hadn’t eaten, and it had been a very long day. Said to myself oh you know what ill train tomorrow. Then I had something to eat and felt a bit better, 25-30 minutes later after the food settled down, I decided to get it done get it out of the way because I know I’ll regret not training, but that was me flipping my excuse!

I had 100 excuses why I didn’t have to train and way I shouldn’t train, but I decided you know what I’m just going to do it, it might not be the thing I want to do I might be tired but I flipped my excuse got outside got my training in, got my conditioning done, I done a little bit extra and decided when I had done about must have been 40-45 minutes it’s OK now it’s enough, now go in ,now I’ll sit down I’ll have a cup of green tea settle down for the evening and hopefully go to bed. I slept so much better that night because #1 I had used up some extra energy, I had I’d also released the endorphins and I felt better in myself because I’ve got my conditioning and my training done. OK my legs are feeling a bit wobbly because I have done extra Hindu squats, but you know what. It was worth it!

I’ve had so many people contact me over training and say I want to come training, but I want to get fit first, yeah that’s another subject I think for another day.

Everybody has excuses we all have it because it’s in our nature we just do it, you know. There are some people who are just absolutely dogmatic and they will train no matter how they’re tired they are they won’t give excuses, but in general human nature is I’m tired, I’ve had a long day, it’s been a busy day, I’ve been stressed, it’s only when you actually get up and I say it but get up off your bottom and train that you feel better, because the endorphins start to release. yeah it doesn’t have to be a heavy session, it doesn’t have to be you know bag work, skipping, you know just going back to some of the kickboxing stuff but it can be as simple as some star jumps, jump Jacks, squats Hindu squats, it can be something once your heart rate comes up a roughly between 5 and 10 beats per minute you start to get a little bit of an extra rush inside the body but when you sit down and you give yourself the excuse of you know I’m not going to do it today it’s raining, I don’t want to go into the back garden and train and you know it’s cold and I don’t want to get back into the car I’ve been driving all day I don’t want to get back into the car and have to drive to the school to train.

I could give you a list I could give you an endless list of people who have contacted me on numerous occasions just before training starts to give me an excuse of why they won’t be there when I had a full time school those excuses used to kill me because no matter what happened I still have to pay for the lights I still have to pay for the rent I still have to pay everything and I was there I was available to teach so yeah when it comes to excuses there’s always things you need to look at you know you need to look at has my instructor got enough people on the floor to keep the lights on tonight?  it’s not about the money don’t get me wrong it’s not about the money it’s about the facility it’s about the time, the effort. Again, I could ramble off on this one on here go completely sidetracked but excuses are excuses.

My father got me to make a sign a long time ago and if you come in late with an excuse or if you come in to give an excuse while you hadn’t trained all week he used to point at the sign, the sign simply said” no excuses” you either train or you don’t train, don’t give me excuses. but on the other side of it he also said if you’re training at home on a daily basis for yourself and you miss a day who are you really giving an excuse to? Certainly not me you’re only given excuse yourself now you have got to forgive yourself for that reason and you have got to look inside and say you know what could have really done that, and then there’s enough motivational stuff out there online at the moment where you go on you say “the only workout you’ll ever regret is the one you didn’t do” I love that one that is one of my favorite ones, another one is from Arnold Schwarzenegger it was “everybody pities the weak, jealousy you have to earn”.  Think about that for a moment, if you are at the top of your game you train every single day or you know whatever to not be every day but you try to the best of your ability you want to be the best you want the next guy to come in behind you, the beginner to look up to you and say well I want to be as good as him someday.

Something that hangs heavy with me and I could talk about it all day and I have the done on different occasions with different masters and grandmasters, where I’ve got to sit down over a cup of coffee or you know a cup of tea and talk about how to inspire yourself to push on and get that first step, you know all the motivational stuff that’s out there you know that that that the hardest step in any joining is the first step you know the four step any journey is always going to be the hardest ..yeah we could go on and on, but when it comes down to my training I will find an excuse to train even on holiday my wife will say to me can you ever just go to a beach or a forest and not look at it as a way to train?  No, I can’t actually, I don’t actually know how to! if we go to a forest and end up doing Chi gung I’ll end up doing some spiritual work inside the forest with the trees when I go to a beach, I’ll find stones that I can break if we find a nice place. I’ll try and do some Chi gung if the air feels clear. You know yourself if it’s if you go to a lovely forest and there’s a sudden clearing and it’s a beautiful sunny day the air is crisp why not do some Chi gung take it in, bring it in it’s there for you it’s free it makes you feel better.

As I said I could talk and talk all day I’m going to keep it short because I don’t want to bore people but at the same time if you want to get any more insights into this one, please contact me reach me on social media Dai Sif Keith Fanning.

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About the Author: Dai Sifu Keith Fanning is a fulltime professional martial arts teacher, mentor, life coach and Grand Master of the Asian Healing Arts. He is known as Europe’s Undisputed Master of the Iron Fist. He holds numerous world records and world championship titles. He is also the World Martial Arts Congress National Representative for Ireland. For information on Private Training or to host Dai Sifu Fanning for a seminar you can e-mail him at sifufanning@gmail.com or you can reach out and subscribe on his website at sifufanning.com.

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