How many times have you heard someone say, “I’d love to do that, but I just don’t have time; I’m SO busy!” Whether it be exercising, or eating better, or visiting someone, we constantly make excuses for what we choose not to do.
Now, take the challenge of: “If I were to give you one million dollars per year to exercise, would you have time to do it?” The majority of people say “yes” – that they would make the time because it would benefit them.
So, do you really not have the time (or any other excuse) or is it just not one of your priorities?
I’m always perplexed by the concept of making excuses not to do things. Sure – everyone has varying degrees of busyness in their lives. We all have different jobs, family obligations, hobbies, etc. But we choose to spend our “extra” time the way we choose to spend it. Do you plop down on the couch and turn on a hockey game or do you pick up a book to read? Do you drop the kids off at a sleepover so you can spend quality time together or do you say “we don’t have any quality time because we have a kid(s).” Excuses.
If there is a will there is a way.
This time of year always drums off a certain level of interest in the priorities in my life. It’s the time of year when many people are making some sort of New Year’s Resolution (which 80% fail by February). Instead, I take this time to take stock. What’s important in my life? Who is important in my life? What must I drop, to make time for other things? Have my priorities changed or have they stayed the same?
No one is Wonderman or Superman. We all have to make choices. We all have priorities. So, as you’re stewing about your newly made New Year’s Resolution, I question if it’s a priority in your life. If you haven’t started it before, why are you starting it now? Is it aligned with your values and your priorities? If so, go for it. I applaud you and encourage you to be the 20%. But understand that with every shift in priorities, something else has got to go or be balanced.
Want to see friends or family that live long distances away? You’re going to spend more time on the road and less time in front of your latest Netflix binge. Want to get a six pack? You’re going to have to ditch the twinkies and buy some salads. Want to achieve a Masters degree (*a personal goal of mine this year*)? You’re going to have less social time.
It’s all about priorities and will. Figure out what your priorities are, and stop making excuses. Trust me, from experience, if there is a will there is always a way.