We all fall victims to excuses. We can bury ourselves in excuses and never give ourselves a chance to truly achieve our dreams. Excuses build false boundaries that we can end up telling ourselves for years and begin to believe are noble truths.
But lucky for us, Jon Acuff has put together a list of the top five excuses we make that impact our lives and how to address them.
1. I’m Too Busy To Change My Life
You and I are busy. I admit we’ve got a lot going on in life. Being able to answer emails from the bathroom on our smartphones have made us all feel a little overwhelmed. The good news is I can give you 10 hours of free time in 10 seconds. Ready? Cut out 10 hours of TV every week. I am a genius! And I’m not telling you to become one of those pompous jerks at parties who loudly proclaim, “I don’t even own a TV.” (Those people watch YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. That counts.) The reality is that, according to a Nielsen study, the average American watches 38.5 hours of TV a week. I’m just saying cut your consumption back to a mere 28.5 hours. That’s very doable.
2. I Don’t Have Enough Money To Change My Life
Changing your life is free at first. The only resource it requires is time. Not money, but hustle. Not loans, but hard work. You don’t need to save up to change your life. You can start today, especially now that you’ve got an extra 10 hours of free time.
3. I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life
A lot of people I meet hope that their life’s purpose will arrive on the doorstep like a pizza. That perhaps, by some miracle, their calling will find them on their couch. Or they tell me that they have too many passions and don’t know which one to start on first. Inevitably, they are so afraid to pick the wrong passion that they don’t pick at all. The problem is that if you don’t pick any, you fail at all of them. Don’t know exactly what to do with your life? Me neither. Welcome to the human race. I guarantee, though, that if you were honest, you’d admit you have a general sense of what you want to do. No one I meet says, “I want to be either a marine biologist or a flamenco dancer in Northern Spain.” Instead, most of us have at least a fuzzy idea about what we want to do. Want to ferret it out a little? Start a blog or buy a journal and commit to writing about something that interests you once a week. In a matter of months, you’ll have a clearer picture of what you care about in your life.
4. Someday I’ll…
Someday is a great place to store your dreams. Someday you’ll write a book. Someday you’ll start a business. Someday you’ll own that llama you keep talking about. The only problem is that someday isn’t on any calendar. That day is never going to come. It’s a mythical black hole that swallows your time and your dreams and your hopes. Next time you say “someday,” take out your phone and actually pick a real-time and date to hustle on your dream.
5. It’s Just A Job
Stop it. Nothing you do for 40 hours of waking time each week is just a job. That’s not just a job; that’s just your life. And don’t fool yourself into thinking you can leave it there. You can’t. If you’re going through a divorce, on Monday morning you don’t switch back into work mode and perform at 100%. If you get a horrible performance review, you don’t flip the switch back into home mode and not think about it at dinner. If you hate your job, that eventually finds its way home. I once met a lady in her late 70s on an airplane. She read one of my books and asked me, “What do you do when all the excuses for not chasing your dream are gone?” It was a profoundly sad moment, because, for the first time, she was looking back on life — and realizing it had passed her by. Don’t let excuses rule the day.