I’m starting the week after a weekend of self-reflection. I have goals, big goals. I know that you do, too. But we let things get in the way of achieving our goals. Time. That’s the biggest issue, right? The most popular reason people give for not achieving their goals is that there is not enough time in the day. I would have agreed with that statement a year ago when I was completely unencumbered, and I agree with it tenfold now that I’m responsible for a little human.
Here’s the thing. We can’t create more time… or can we?
We can’t add hours to our day, but perhaps we can create time where there wasn’t time before.
There’s this popular quote, spoken by a dozen different people, about how we all have the same twenty-four hours. It’s true.
What we do with those twenty-four hours, and our commitments within that time frame are different, yes, but we have to make choices. I recognize that I’m writing this from a place of privilege. I don’t need to work two or three jobs to make ends meet, but rather one does the trick with some nifty budgeting. I’m lucky in that way, so before I get any hate on that front, please know that I recognize this.
My question for you is what are you willing to give up to achieve your goals?
Are you willing to give up sleep? TV? Screen-time? Reading? Time with friends or family? It’s all about priorities and where we’re willing to place them. I truly believe that if I want something badly enough, I’ll make the time. That’s what happened when I decided to lose 70lbs. I was so fed up of being overweight, so lonely, that I made the time, I made the sacrifices, and a year and a half of struggle later, I achieved my goal and changed my life.
So, the fact that I haven’t made the time for my other goals means that I haven’t wanted them badly enough.
But I’m done with that. I’m making the commitment.
Here’s what I’m giving up. I’m giving up the time-suck that is reality TV. Trust me, I can spend hours in a Real Housewives of Anywhere vortex. I’m giving up hours of mindless time spent on YouTube. They are guilty pleasures, and I 100% enjoy them, but they are not getting me any closer to my goals. I know it’s going to suck. It’s going to be really, really hard to break this addiction, this habit that I’ve nurtured over years.
My plan, and my suggestion for you, is that when you get tempted by the thing you’ve given up, have a handy list of what you’re NOT willing to give up.
Mine goes something like this:
I chose to make a little graphic, quick and simple on Canva. I’m a visual person and wanted something that I could print and carry with me.
Here’s my challenge to you, dear reader. Think of that goal you’ve been wishing for forever, the one that seems insurmountable, the one that you’ve said to yourself there isn’t enough time to achieve. I promise you that you can and will achieve it. Now, make your list of what you’re willing to give up, and know that you’re not alone. I’m hoping many of our readers are taking on their own challenges, giving up their own guilty pleasures, but know that you have at least one person, me, that is putting herself in an uncomfortable place to achieve the thing that seems crazy and out there.
We can do this together.
So, what are you willing to give up? If you’re feeling brave, and I hope you are, please share it in the comments below.
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