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What are your excuses? Write them in a list

The resistance works in mysterious ways. It seeps into your dreams and stops them from becoming real. So I thought, why not label the excuses the resistance gives you, then you will realise how ridiculous they are!

Here’s a list of excuses I thought of that stopped me making my YouTube videos all those years ago. Videos that would have been insanely useful right about now:

  • I won’t be able to make the videos as good as the professionals (You don’t say. They all started from somewhere. You can build up to getting that quality).
  • I can’t speak as fluently as I’d like (If you actually tried, you’d realise that with a bit of practice, you can get much better at that. Plus with the magic of editing, you can make yourself sound so much better)
  • I don’t have all my resources with me?(But you know what you want to say, right? Bullet point it, and review each thing before you say it. Same as the last excuse).
  • The aircon/ heater is making too much background noise (Rubbish. Get a better mike).
  • I have a pimple near my mouth. Best to wait for it to heal (In the meantime, you can practice by actually recording and not worrying about the pimple).
  • What if people don’t like it? (What if? Who cares. As long as the people you make it for use it, that’s good enough).

I have the time. I have the resources. I have the students. I don’t have the excuses. Time to get to work!

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.

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