“If it is important to you, you will find a way… If not, you will find an excuse”
What is something, recently, that you have put off and made an excuse for? Is that one thing important to you?
The things that are most important to me are my family, my health and fitness, and being successful (in no particular order). Trying to find a balance between working to become successful and all the rest is definitely hard.
However, I know that I must sacrifice a little to get to where I want to be in life.
While my daughter was down in Florida for the summer, finding the life work balance wasn’t to terribly hard with just me and Stefan. I didn’t have to worry about getting Alyssa up in the morning, breakfast, ready for school, to school, from school, etc. It was easy.
Now that she is back, I have a ton more to be responsible for than just me and Stefan (it’s crazy how much more you have to do when there is a child involved).
Making excuses definitely creeped and tried to plant into my mind… I’m too tired to workout, I don’t have time for you Stefan, I’ve got to make dinner, I have to get Alyssa ready, I have to work, etc.
There are a million excuses I could come up with as to why I cannot complete some particular thing but I don’t. Like I said earlier, I know that I need to sacrifice a little to get what I want in life.
It was so easy to get out of routine when she was gone… Not anymore. I found that, with her around, if I get out of routine then so does she and then I have a crazy child on my hands! Getting back into a regular routine is hard and to top it off, I’ve decided to try a new schedule this time.
Before I would sleep until about 7:30am then wake up and get the day started. That schedule gave me extra room to make excuses for my health and fitness. “I don’t have time,” was a common one and I would frequently skip workouts.
I decided since those things are important to me, I needed to make some changes so that I couldn’t give myself an opportunity to make an excuse. Last Monday I started training myself to get up at 5:30am instead of 7:30am. Everyday since then I have woken up 30 minutes earlier so that I didn’t shock my body and then be crazy tired at the end of the day or be searching for some coffee to get me through the rest of it.
This waking up routine is super easy to adjust to and I have to admit that I also feel more productive in the morning. I don’t have any distractions and I can just sit and read my personal development book, get some work done, emails answered, get my workout done. I have NO room now to make an excuse as to why I cannot complete my workout… I have PLENTY of time to get it done in the morning.
Working out first thing in the morning sets my mood and energy for the day also. I feel great and am in a great mood for the rest of the day! I get [almost] all of my work done in the morning so that I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the day. I don’t have to tell Stefan or Alyssa “no” anymore because I have something else to do. Yeah, I get a couple hours less sleep… But who have you known that is successful that has not had to sacrifice anything??
Today is day 4 waking up earlier and earlier and on my new schedule. Everything is going great and I feel so much more accomplished now that I get everything on my to-do list done during the day.