“Busy is a decision” —Debbie Millman
It is probably one of the oldest excuses in the book.
“I’m too busy.”
I’m too busy to workout, too busy to call my parents, too busy to play with my kids, too busy to finish my project, too busy to finish school and so on. Too busy, too busy, too busy.
Time to face the harsh truth.
You are not too busy. You actually have plenty of time to do the thing you say you are too busy for. The honest answer is not that you’re too busy, but that it is not a priority to you. It is not important enough to you to set aside the time needed to give it your attention. Instead, that time you don’t have is being wasted on unimportant things and prioritize those unimportant things over those that we say we don’t have time for.
Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, but it’s what is done with those 24 hours that separates the successful from the unsuccessful. Eric Thomas even went as far as to say that the only difference between the likes of Oprah Winfrey or Warren Buffet and us is the way we use our 24 hours.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would sleep 6 hours, work as a brick layer during the day, workout for 5 hours in the gym, go to college and acting classes at night. That was nearly every single day that he did that. He maximized the same 24 hours that you have and I have. People may, “yeah, but he’s Arnold.” Wrong. He did that to become the Arnold that we all know and love today. That’s what made him successful.
You must value your time.
He got busy doing the things that people say they’re to busy to do. He worked his ass off because he wanted to be successful and being too busy was not an excuse for him. He could simply stopped at body building or even a brick layer and gone home to watch tv after his day of work, but he didn’t. He didn’t because the things that he wanted were so important to him that he made the time to do them.
Eric Thomas brags about how he wakes up at 3 am every day and I love it. He has a 3 hour head start on everyone else and 5 or 6 hours on the weekend. Imagine what you could do with that time. You better believe Eric Thomas doesn’t spend that head start watching tv. As he says, he’s trying to get it. If you’re not familiar with Eric Thomas the Hip Hop Preacher, go look him up. You’re in for a treat.
Drop the “I’m too busy” excuse. Make time for what you want. Get busy doing the things you only thought you were too busy to do.