We’ve all been there; sat thinking about what we want to achieve, and how amazing it will be when we do it. I’d love to count the number of times I’ve psyched myself up ready to smash my goals, but when it comes down to it I’ve just come up with excuse after excuse, essentially ending up achieving nothing.
The biggest excuse (lie) I have told myself over and over again is ‘it’s not the right time’, ‘I’ll do it once exams are over’ or ‘I’ll do it in the new year’. I doubt I’m the only one who’s said this to themselves, for the simple reason that it ‘not being the right time’ is an incredibly versatile excuse, that can be used whenever we want. Here’s the thing though – we always have something we’re busy with. We rationalise our putting off of activities by thinking that after something in particular is finished, we’ll have a clear schedule and the timing will be perfect. The stars will align, everything will fall into place and we will easily achieve our goals. However, I guarantee this is a plan that will never work, because however much we plan for life, the ‘right time’ never comes. Really it’s just a lie we tell ourselves as a cover-up; simply to make us feel better and to justify why we’re not doing what we want to be doing. The simple reality is, we’re not doing it because we don’t want to. We’re not doing it because although the idea seems great, when it comes down to it we realise that the thing we want to achieve is actually not that easy. We say it’s not the right time because we are giving up before we’ve even begun.
Of course, there is a simple solution to this predicament – just do it. That thing that you’ve been putting off for months or even years because now’s not the right time; because you’ll do it after exams, or you’ll start on Monday. Get up right now, and do it. I think half of the time we put things off so we can keep the idealistic image of how great it will be. In a way, it’s a method of protecting ourselves from disappointment. However, everything worth doing takes time, effort and often a hell of a lot of frustration or disappointment. By putting things off I think we’re subconsciously trying to protect ourselves from this, whereas in reality it only makes us more frustrated. So next time you’re sat there thinking ‘I will start the gym next year’ or ‘I will start revising on Monday’, put aside the excuses and ask yourself if there really is any reason you can’t do it now.
Standing up and just going for it can be a daunting prospect, but I guarantee the alternative is much scarier. However busy you are, if you have an ambition it’s so important to make time for it; you will thank yourself in the future.