Last night I was making dinner and out of the corner of my eye I saw my DSL camera bag. A big wave of regret ran through me. I’ve had that camera for 4 years and I still don’t know how to use it. I kind of hate myself for it. Then I started making excuses to make myself feel better. It didn’t. But it did get me thinking about excuses: the ones we use to trick ourselves, the ones that make us feel better temporarily, the kind we’ve had since we were young and those that we use because everyone else does. What’s your favorite excuse?
Because I’m sure you have one.
I’m so busy.
There won’t be enough time.
I’m too stressed out.
I’ll have to stop what I’m doing and start again.
I won’t finish.
I’m not flexible enough.
I’m too distracted.
It won’t be any good.
I’m too tired.
I’m out of shape.
What’s the point?
Do any of these sound familiar? The thing is, it’s just so much easier to make an excuse then face what it is that we’re avoiding, do the thing that we should be doing or make the change we’ve been putting off.
It’s never going to be perfect…and it doesn’t have to be! You don’t have to wait until you’re feeling 100%, until you’re less exhausted, until all the stars have aligned. Because I hate to break it to you, there may never come a perfect day. You may never have a chunk of free time that you deem large enough to start your project. There will always be something else that you could be doing instead.
So ask yourself, what’s the worst that could happen?
Maybe you quit. Maybe whatever you’ve been procrastinating on ends up sucking. Maybe you move in a completely different direction.
Maybe you quit because it doesn’t bring you joy (at least now you know).
Maybe it sucks because you realize you aren’t passionate about it (phew, good thing you don’t have to waste anymore mind space thinking about it).
Maybe it takes you in a completely different direction that feels better, more fun, more fulfilling (lucky you, you would never have known if you hadn’t attempted it).
Stop making excuses and just try. Allow yourself the benefit of the attempt, at the very least.