I’m not saying you don’t have challenges–and it’s not always easy to do your Thing–but do have a proper look at your excuses as sometimes they aren’t as solid as you might think. Also, remember that not everything has to be perfect or done the same way as everyone else–just so long as it works for you and who you do it for, then it’s the right way.
I don’t have time is a good one on the excuses front. I’m so with you there too, what with the small people and the time off I want, alongside the 10,000 ideas I have every minute, there’s never enough time to do it all. So don’t even imagine that you will (do it all), but don’t let that be an excuse to do nothing.
I can’t bend time (although I do know someone who can, as it happens), neither am I Dr Who’s new assistant and can re-do my day over and over via the magic of time travel. But I can prioritise. I can do less faffing about, not to mention stop procrastinating. And I am sure I get hours back just with that!
I kept making excuses as to why I didn’t have the time to exercise… now it turns out I CAN fit in 3 gym classes most weeks (one does involve getting up in the dark, mind you!). I didn’t think I’d have time to write my book and yet I now have it on my bookshelf. When it’s a question of time do look at how important it is to you… my thoughts are that if it’s Thing related you might just find the time.
"I’m not good enough" is another winning excuse, which comes along hand in hand with "I’m not ready", "I’m not qualified", "I’m not …"–you get the idea. You know they are all made up right? (well, apart from the odd requirement in the qualified one).
Yes, you will have challenges and choices to make, but excuses? Be sure that’s what they really are.
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Brilliant post. I admit that I’m guilty of putting off starting the ‘big’ projects as I get frustrated if I can’t dedicate enough time to it as it becomes another ‘in progress’ project but this year at least I’m trying to channel my energy into some new projects and write notes at least about the ones I want to do! Thanks Lucy for another witty and wisdom filled piece.
It’s the one step at a time thing and not giving up when you’re inches away from the gold. That’s not to say I’ve not taken a ‘rest’ before now :)