Not managing your time and making excuses are two bad habits. Don’t put them both together by claiming you ‘don’t have the time’.Bo Bennett
Accepting no excuses might be one of the hardest hurdles we can face when seeking a meaningful life.
Often, it feels like there is an enormous (lava-filled) gap between who we are and who we want to be. (or what we want to be doing). There are so many reasons we will encounter on our journey in the pursuit of creativity and meaning assuring us, without a doubt, that what we want is impossible. Good reasons too.
“I can’t start a business because I don’t have any money”
“I can’t (apply for the job) / (freelance) / (start my idea) because I don’t know enough yet”
Or the classically ambiguous “I’m not ready yet”.
What does being ready even mean?
We’re never really ready to start something. Even if we had all the time, money and skill-sets in the world, we still would likely feel unready and unable to start.
Looking back on my life, I notice a lot of these reasons cropping up, stopping me from doing things I wanted to do. I gave reasons why not in the moment, but didn’t stop to think how flimsy the reasons were. I also didn’t consider the reason why I should.
More often not, the reasons why you should will outweigh the reasons why you shouldn’t do something.
Why should you?
+Because there’s only so much time we have to live on this earth, and the tiny bit of time we do have is anything but assured.
+Because if not now, when?
+Because if you don’t, nothing will get better, nothing will change.
+Because the best time to start is where you are, with what you have.
+Because the very thing you think you need — more time, more money, more skill, more confidence, etc — will be created and honed by doing something.
+And because at the end of the day, what we do defines who we are (which enables what we do).
Would more money help? Absolutely.
Would more skill be better? 100%.
However, dwelling on what you don’t have and can’t control, takes your focus away from what you do have and what you can control. We can’t control our past, nor what got us where we are. But we can control what we do today, and each day going forward.
This is your time, this is your memoir you are building right now.
Any excuse is just that — an excuse. Something allowing to not act.
No excuse is worthy of stopping you.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #583