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What Is Your Excuse? #WednesdayWisdom

What is your excuse

It’s the time of year—nay—month—when we dust out resolutions old and new and resolve to stick to them, don’t we? Well, while I’ve got goals, I’ve switched from resolutions to habits. Habits stick. Habits require you to be consistent and that’s what works for my routine, my health and my work.

But Life does get in the way and we tend to put things off. Procrastinate. Often, it seems like the time or the moment is just not right for doing _______ (you can fill in that blank with your own personal thing).

The time isn’t right to start writing that novel. There are too many other things to do!

The time is not right to start exercising (I’ll start tomorrow – everyone’s favorite!)

The time isn’t right to get that ____ fixed. More important tasks need to get done and perhaps this can wait?

The time is just not right to …. – sorry. Not on the priority list!

The excuses can be endless.

And of course we’ll keep making them.

For instance, the procrastination with the book writing is a sore point with me. So much that I became an expert at creating book drafts. And waited so long that I lost it all with the mega computer crash last year. Funny thing – it didn’t get me down and I thought, hey, I’ll start afresh. Yup. Only half finished drafts to show for it.

When I take stock of the day, I know I could have found at least fifteen to thirty minutes to devote to the book—or other tasks I keep putting off.

But I don’t. There are days I only attend to the things that MUST be done. I wait even though I know I shouldn’t.

It used to be the same with finding time to exercise/walk. Good thing I overcame that inertia!

Sure I am tired or busy with a million other things. Whatever the excuse, here’s the thing: not taking action is my decision. Of course, it is not the best decision. There have been times when I did not feel like doing something, yet I pushed myself to do it, only to find it was fun and enjoyable and feeling happy that I took action to accomplish it. And  I resolve not to put things off again.

Sigh.

In life, there is often no such thing as the perfect moment, at least not until we start “doing”. We’ll always have that overflowing to-do list that serves as the ideal excuse for not taking action to do something we could/should.

Taking action is simply about deciding to do so and yet we find reasons to stall that decision. Isn’t not taking action easier? Also, by putting it off, we don’t risk failure.

This year, I’ve decided to minimize inaction. When I look back, I want to smile, feeling the satisfaction of having done the things I meant to. I don’t want to let circumstances or fear dictate my actions or force me into making decisions that I am not happy about. So what if something is intimidating? The truth is, we never know how tough things are until we actually tackle them. To do this, we must take action without waiting for that “just right” moment.

The start is what stops most people. #motivationalquotes #inspiringquotes

Let’s take action. Now.

Because some day is not a day of the week.

Sometimes later becomes never!

Those who delay taking action until the time is right end up doing nothing at all.

Having the world’s best idea will do you no good unless you act on it. People who want milk shouldn’t sit on a stool in the middle
of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them. Curtis Grant

Think about this:

What usually stops you from doing something you keep putting off? How will you overcome it, at least most of the time?

Is there someone who discourages you from stretching out of your comfort zone? What are you going to do about it?

What is one thing you plan to do today that you’ve been putting off for a while?

If not, what is your excuse?

Excuses are for people who don't want it badly enough. What is your excuse? #Inspirationalquotes #motivation

 

Wednesday Wisdom is a series with short bursts of non-fattening, easy-to-consume wisdom in the form of stories, quotes, anecdotes, and humor.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Balaka Basu
    January 10, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I almost felt, I was reading about myself in this post. I keep procrastinating a lot and keep putting off things.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      January 10, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Thank you Balaka, for coming by. I think that’s the case with most of us! It is just too easy to put off rather than tackle some things!

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    Wendy
    January 10, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    So today I am actually going to tackle the pile of clothes that need a button replaced or a seam fixed. Not a big deal, but a task I have been not bothering to find the time to complete. And I will also clean out one cupboard to make more space.
    And the big one. My blog.
    I know i have the time to write at least once a week, but I have been choosing other creative outlets, mostly crafting. Writing is good for me, but when I am depressed, I feel I have nothing to say that could possibly interest anyone else. So I stay quietly in my cave and knit/crochet/embroider/sew.
    Thanks for always making me think.
    Wendy recently posted…When is a ticket not a ticket?

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      Vidya Sury
      January 16, 2019 at 11:14 pm

      As soon as I read your comment, I packed the four pairs of trousers that had to be altered, Wendy. And I went out and got it done! I have a bag full of stuff to mend – minor things – but it has been on my to-do list forever.

      I’d love to see your knitting/crocheting – I never learned how to, somehow, in spite of having aunts who churned out stuff like there was no tomorrow. I do know to embroider, though! And for what it is worth – I think you are a fantastic writer and love your posts. Do write!

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    Vinay Kumar Satyanarayan
    January 10, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Wonderful wake-up call….at the right time of the year…thanks a ton Vidya!

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      January 16, 2019 at 11:17 pm

      You’re welcome!

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    ajay k
    January 11, 2019 at 9:08 am

    That’s so true madam ;), being frank even i’ll be doing so at many occasions…!!
    ajay k recently posted…Steam Tables

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    upasna
    January 16, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I loved the quote so much.
    I too believe in forming habits slowly rather than one-time resolutions.

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