Ah, yes! The I don’t have time excuse. One of the most used of all. And sadly, not true at all. Even though I have liked and used this one a lot in the past; it is just not true. We all have the same 24 hours. There is no magic time capsule and no time machines. Each of us has 24 hours a day, the same 1440 minutes in a day and the same 86.400 seconds in a day. There is no variation and no wiggle room – those are the numbers.
What we have is a personal choice on how we invest those hours, minutes and seconds. I do recognize some of us have more responsibilities daily which are non-negotiable, like jobs, kids, etc. Knowing that, we have to realize many people with very busy lives to make time for health. It is never about finding time. It is about making time. Whatever we make a high enough priority we will make time for. In my coaching business I can think of 2 examples right away. One of my coaches is a dentist and has 2 offices he manages full time and 5 kids and yet he has a great business because he carved out some time every day to make it happen. Another coach who began as a stay at home mom of 6 small kids has also created a great business. When are committed to doing something, we make it happen no matter what.
Where we are in our life currently is an accurate reflection of what we have prioritized in our lives. When we say to ourselves “I don’t have time” what we are really saying is “it is not important enough to us.” Many years ago, when I sold real estate, there was a guru many of us followed. At events, we would all say how we wished we were more successful and we were doing everything we could possibly do. When Mike, the guru, offered to come to our offices and watch everything we did for 8 hours for free, no one took him up on his offer. What do think that was all about? Maybe we had time we were wasting we did not want to admit to?
Our health is THE most important thing we have and without it, where does that leave us? No where! If we say we don’t have time because we are too busy taking care of everyone else, what happens to them if we are not around. We have to make our health a #1 priority. It is not always easy, but it is simple. Make the time. Find ways to streamline things. For example, we make a Rosemary Split Pea Soup which takes under 10 minutes to assemble, costs less than $10 and makes about 10 servings in a crock pot. It lasts for days and we only have to reheat and we have enough to freeze some for later. That is just one example and I am sure you have many ideas too.
We ALL HAVE TIME to what matters to us. I am challenging you to give up this excuse. Start saying no to things which are not in alignment with your goals. For the next 3 days keep an hour by hour log of what you are doing. At the end of 3 days, look over that log and find things you can eliminate. Are you spending too much time watching TV, scrolling your FB feed, hanging out with people who don’t support your goals etc.
Make time for you and your health. It is your life and you matter!
Teaching Healthy Living,