Because Life

Ask me why I’ve not done anything great or meaningful so far in my time on this planet and you will get an answer that can essentially be boiled down to “because life …”

Actually, it’s an excuse, not an answer.

I have always used the same excuse to cater to all angles of inquiry. One of my best friends have asked me, time and again, why haven’t you set up your own shop? Another has asked me, why haven’t you bought your dream car? And my wife asks me (frequently) why haven’t we bought a house?

Like everyone living life in the comfort zone, I’ve always had an excuse. It usually goes along the line of, because I’ve just bought x, I can’t afford y. Because I’ve just start doing this, I don’t have time for that. In my mind I’m shaping it as “because life gets in the way”. It is the easy way out of actually answering the question and confronting myself.

A certain Mr. Kiyosaki (Google it, if you’re not familiar) loosely summarises my “problem” quite well with his Rich Dad, Poor Dad analogy.

I am somewhat stuck in poor dad mode.

When faced with a new project, prospect, purchase or proposal I immediately default to: I can’t start that now, I don’t have enough time. Or, I can’t afford that, I don’t have enough money.

Rather than make excuses, I should be asking myself: How can I create more time to start that? Or, how can I afford that?

A new chapter

I’ve read a lot of articles about the most successful people in the world. I’ve watched a lot motivational and inspiring videos and interviews with very successful people. One thing they all have in common is that they have an answer for at least one of the questions above that I should be asking.

We all have 24 hours, every day. How you spend those hours is what distinguishes you.

If you need more sleep, sleep faster.

Last night I made the conscious decision to get up early. In fact, I woke up 3 hours earlier than I normally would on a week day. My wife thinks I’m an idiot, not just because I’m getting up early but, partly because when asked “why?” I couldn’t give a concise answer.

And I’m OK with that. I don’t mind not knowing why I’m getting up early, just yet.

The key is creating a habit, I think. As I view it, once I’m in the habit of getting up early for the sake of creativity and doing something meaningful, it becomes easier. And we all know what happens when something is easy – we stick with it. It becomes the new comfort zone, not that I want to remain in the comfort zone. I want to keep pushing until I can produce some answers, not just excuses.

To be continued.

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