I saw the most ridiculous commercial today. (Well, all commercials are ridiculous, but this one was especially so.) It was for some kind of exercise machine, and it started with the statement that:
The number one reason people don’t exercise is time.
Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.
Not having enough time may be the number one excuse people give for not working out, but the number one reason that they don’t is that they don’t really want to.
When people say they don’t have time for something, what they’re really saying is that they’d rather spend their time doing other things–but they don’t want to say that, because they feel like they “should” be doing whatever it is that they aren’t (exercising, writing, whatever).
If you want something, if you really want it, you will make time for it. Because if you want it, it will drive you, and you’ll learn quickly that if you sit around waiting to “find” time, it will pass you by. You have to carve that time out of your schedule, and gift it to yourself.
And if you let go of all the excuses you have for not doing those things you didn’t really want to do in the first place, you’ll free up a lot of mental energy to focus on doing the things that actually do matter to you.
So, if you want it (whatever “it” is), do it. Make it happen. Make time. Give up the excuses. If you’re not doing what you love, what you want, then you’re only hurting yourself, and you’re wasting nobody’s time but your own.
And if you don’t want it… give up the excuses, too. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you should be going after something that, in your heart, doesn’t matter to you. Instead, go after what you do want, and don’t feel the need to explain why you’re spending time on the things you love, instead of the things other people think you should love.
You don’t need an excuse. It’s your life. You only get one. Make it matter to you.