You must eliminate these destructive time wasters in your life today. “Successful people have one thing in common; they don’t have room for excuses, they don’t procrastinate”. A man that finds excuses in everything will likely procrastinate in everything. Are you a man or woman of excuses? Excuses are destructive time wasters.
The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is better known these days as the 14th Dalai Lama; a great spiritual leader who travels the world advocating for the Tibetan people and teaching about compassion as the source of happiness in life. But it was not always this way. Gyatso was once a bored student who found it hard to get motivated. “Only in the face of a difficult challenge or an urgent deadline would I study and work without laziness,” he recalls. He has learned his lesson since: “You must not procrastinate”. “Rather you should make preparations so that even if you die tonight, you would have no regrets.” “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure, says the Dalai Lama.”
Some of the Most Common “Nails” in our future of failure include such statements as “I don’t have enough time”, “It’s too late”, “I should have started earlier”, “It’s too hard”, “I’m waiting for the right time”, “I don’t have enough money”, “I’m too tired”, “I’ll start tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.” It is easy to make excuses, to skip a work out, to eat junk food but remember what happens when you overcome those excuses you get closer to a happier, healthier you.
A year from now do you want to be in the same place? Or do you want to be able to look back on how far you have come. Every time you overcome an excuse you are a step closer to your goal. “He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else”, says the Dalai Lama.
Usually, our time elapses because we are either late or we postpone doing things. The more we delay or procrastinate, the more we tend to lose out on many things of life. After all, time is money. Time is treasure that is insoluble – a mystery we must set out to figure. By procrastinating, we are rescheduling the things in our lives that shouldn’t necessarily be overlooked. Time lost, is a loss forever and it can’t be retrieved.
There is a difference between reason and excuse. An example of reason could be: I want to be able to complete writing the blog because I have a class- this is truly a reason why someone may not get the blog done at the intended time. There’s no sign of lack of responsibility. And an excuse –I wasn’t able to finish the blog because my friend called and my computer was acting up. I couldn’t go to the gym because my friend said we could go together but didn’t show up. These are statements made by people who are avoiding responsibility and accountability. But they can be challenged! You can choose to say “I will not make any excuses” I will not procrastinate. The successful people we know, just like us, have 24 hours and 7days…but what makes them stand out is the fact that they don’t have room for excuses, they don’t procrastinate.