We’re so good at coming up with excuses why we can’t _____. Fill in the blank with whatever you want. Why we can’t save, why we can’t make do with less, why we can’t eat healthy, why we can’t exercise. I feel that if we spent more time defining our goals, and actually following through with them there would be no more room for excuses. The easy way out is to immediately think of the many reasons why you can’t. It is much more productive and beneficial focusing on how you can!
We don’t have to put it off until we can spend an entire week on something important to us. We don’t even need a full day. We can spend as little or as much time as we have or feel comfortable with. Don’t let time constraints stop you from better defining your life. 10 minutes will do just fine to start on the path you want to travel. Below are a few steps I have outlined to help you find direction and stop the excuses.
- Spend 5 minutes thinking about what is truly important to you. What you want in life, where you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years. What truly matters most to you?
- With all that fresh on your mind, make a quick list of what your thoughts were. It doesn’t have to be perfect, this will get you thinking and help as a catalyst to dig deeper into what is truly most important to you and what you wish to get out of life.
- Spend 10 minutes a day, reevaluating your list, and helping determine what your priorities are. It is OK if they change over time. It happens to all of us. It is extremely important to know where you are, and where you want to go in order to come up with a plan to get there.
- Take Action! This may require that you have to cut something in order to make the time to focus on your list. You have already thought it through and know what’s most important to you. Think of an area of your day that is spent doing something that has nothing to do with your goals and achieving them. Eliminate that from your life. Remember, you have listed your top priorities and goals. The only thing left is to act on them.
You may have to cut out a half hour of TV per night in order to go for a nightly walk. It may mean knocking out an errand on your lunch that you had planned to do after work in order to take action on one of your priorities. How long have you talked about someday doing _____, or if I had time_____, or when I can I will_____ The time is now to act and work towards the things that matter most in your life. Tomorrow will always be tomorrow. You can only take action TODAY.