Saturday, February 11, 2012

This is the Time

Now is the only time you really have.

If you want to accomplish something, now is the time to start.

Later does not exist.

Later is a lie we tell ourselves to make us feel better about that which we want to do, but never get around to doing.

We put off our chores, we put off our dreams, we leave our lives for later because we don't have time now. We wait around hoping that one day we'll have the time. We make it the enemy. "Later," we say, "When I have time."

Time isn't something you can wait for. The longer you wait, the less you have.

Time is something you make. If you really want it, you will make time.

Ask yourself what you really want to do. Go on, make a list even. What do you really want to do?

Here's mine: I want to...
  • write a book
  • get fit
  • save more money
  • be a better housekeeper
  • stop procrastinating

Maybe your list is longer. Maybe your list is shorter. That's just fine. It's your list and it isn't meant to be judged against anyone else's. In fact, it should never be judged.

Now look at each of those things you've written down. For each one, ask yourself "Why am I not doing this? What am I letting stand in my way?"

Time is not an excuse. Throw that one out.
It's too hard is not an excuse. Throw that one out.
I don't know how is not an excuse. Throw that one out.
It'll take too long is not an excuse. Throw that one out.
I'm afraid is not an excuse. Throw that one out.

Look at your excuses that are left, if there are any. Now ask yourself "Is this an excuse or a reason?"

An excuse is just you standing in your own way. It is you rationalizing why you aren't doing what you want to do.

A reason is an outside factor that is nothing more than an obstacle to be overcome.

Now, sit down and make the time. Make a schedule if that works for you. Get up 30 minutes early and go to bed 30 minutes late. One extra hour may be all you need.

If you want it, make the time now because all you have is now.

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