“I don’t have time for….” I’ll let you fill in the blank. This is such an exhausted excuse. Your problem isn’t the amount of free time you have, it’s your priorities. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and it is how you spend those hours that brings you closer or further from your goals.
Do you watch Netflix at night? Do you go out to dinner with your friends every weekend? Do you spend your free time with your significant other? I am guessing the answer is yes. You have committed time to watching a show that you enjoy. You have made an effort in spending time with others and building relationships by doing the things listed above. Over time, the relationships have grown and you continue to be friends with those people. You have made all of these things a PRIORITY.
Why do we not hold our health to the same standard? You wouldn’t tell your friend, “Okay I am going to be a good friend when I have time and then the rest of the time I am going to be a jerk and/or just ignore you.” If this were the case I am willing to bet that friendship would dissipate over time, JUST like your health. If we don’t take care of our bodies and make them a priority, it is safe to assume that we are going to see health problems down the road, whether it be weight gain or more serious problems, like high blood pressure.
We justify our priorities with statements such as, “They don’t work as many hours as me. They have time to do that, I don’t. Their life is easier than mine. They don’t have X number of kids. They don’t have my same problems.” WRONG! Stop playing the victim because you are equally as capable. Instead of going out every weekend, go out every other. Use that time you would spent sitting at dinner to meal prep, go to the store, get in an extra workout, read a self-help book, anything that aligns with what you are trying to accomplish. All of these excuses are just that, excuses. I am sure the person who you are comparing yourself to has/had their own hardships that they had to overcome but they made their goal a priority and that’s why they are successful.
The ‘I don’t have time’ excuse is old. We all have time. It’s what we make time for and how we prioritize our time that set us apart from the rest.
How are you going to prioritize your week? What are some goals that you need to make time for? Write it down, put it on your calendar, and plan it out. Don’t plan it in your head, put it on paper and start making your goals a priority. #piorities