When we find ourselves lacking, we often find ourselves very critical.
Whether we criticize our lack of self development, a failure to execute a particular task, or many tasks, or any number of perpetual procrastinations, we often try to find a way to rationalize.
We come up with a myriad of reasons why we acquiescence to our failure.
“I’ll get to it tomorrow.”
“I have to many other commitments.”
“The energy just isn’t there.”
“Someone really needs me right now.”
“I probably won’t follow through.”
“My stress level is just too high.”
“I want to make sure I’m in a better place.”
Though these are relatable excuses, and likely ones we have all used at one point or another, they all have a common string, summarized by the grandest excuse of all……
“I just don’t know when I’ll find the time.”
Which, truthfully is the excuse carrying the least legitimacy, for time is not something to be found. We don’t follow a treasure map, and discover more of this priceless commodity. We don’t scratch a lottery ticket, and suddenly discover we’ve won more time. It’s not something we inherit. It isn’t dividends paid from prudent investment.
We choose, continuously, what we do with the time that we have. When we procrastinate, we have chosen what to do with our time, and what not to do. When we work to the bone, instead of pursuing a dream, we have also chosen what to do with our time. When we help others, we believe we have given our time to another. When we take a vacation, we convince ourselves we are trying to take more time for ourselves.
None of those choices will allow us to find more time. They will not guarantee us ten more months, or 1000 more days of searching, or allocating.
We have to decide, every day, what we do with our hours.
What will you do with your time?