You wanna be afraid, really afraid, take a look at what your life’ll look like not if you try and fail…but if you keep on keeping on for decades. That’s the real nightmare scenario for most people.
– Jonathan Fields.
If you’re not going to do something right now, then when will you? The other day after a night of drinking out on the town, my buddy and I went out for breakfast to laugh about what a fun night it was. Once we were done with laughing about our night, I asked him what his plans were for the next few months since he was out of school now. He told me that he might finally start working on his business idea at some point in the summer.
You know what that means, right? It means that he plans on doing nothing about his business idea. When we say “some day” it usually means never. That’s just the harsh reality. If you were truly passionate about something you wouldn’t hold it off until some random day in the future at some point. You would start working on it right away.
If you’re reading this then the odds are strong that you procrastinated on something at some point. I wish I had the answers for this problem. Today I’m going to try something a little bit different here. Since I don’t have the answers, I wanted to ask some important questions.
What’s holding you back? Why have you not started working on that business idea that has been on your mind since 2008? It’s usually a combination of a full time job, real life responsibilities, and lack of energy once both are completed. Is there anything else delaying you from taking action?
Now that we understand that there’s plenty of reasons to delay, we need to address when action will be taken. Time goes by pretty fast. It’s mid-April, are you on track with your resolutions? Are you getting done what you expected in 2011? I personally expected to get more done and I have nobody to blame but myself. It’s just important that we keep in mind that delays will just keep on coming from all angles and for all different reasons. At some point we need to put our foot down and stop delaying what we want to do.
It’s really easy to think of excuses for not getting anything done. I wanted to start a personal finance blog in early-2008 but I kept on putting it off. Why? Because I would tell myself that I didn’t understand php and I didn’t know how to promote a blog. I used many other excuses. Then one day it hit me that I was just simply creating foolish excuses for myself. Are your excuses valid or are they as fictional as the reality shows on MTV?
Are your excuses enough to hold you back from pursuing your goals? Eventually we need to get to the point where we stop making excuses and start doing. There will always be more reasons why you can’t do something than why you can.
Are you that stretched to the limit that you can’t work on projects that interest you? If you truly are this busy then I feel sorry for you because that means you probably don’t even have time to brush your teeth or prepare breakfast in the morning. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a single 23 year old so I don’t want to pass judgment on those with kids and super busy lives. I’m just saying that it could be done. Many personal finance bloggers and successful entrepreneurs have kids and a laundry list of responsibilities, yet they still manage to get lots of work done.
If time is the reason that you can’t get certain things done today, what will change in the future? Will you somehow find more time at some later date? The funny thing is that I got more done when I was studying and working full time than I do now when I have a day off. The problem in my opinion is that we blame a lack of time too often more not getting things done. More free time doesn’t always mean that more work will get done. Waking up earlier or cutting something from your schedule can be a really effective way for creating more time in your already busy life.
As I conclude this piece, I want to open up a discussion. Why do we always put things off? What can be done to take action today?
(photo credit: artisrams)
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