For example, is not having enough time really the reason that I regularly run about five minutes late, or end up having to put on my makeup in the car? (Anyone else do that? It’s actually a pretty good time saving trick, but only if you expect several stop lights!)
Is “not enough time” the reason I almost always leave my vanity messy when I dash out the door in a rush? “Not enough time” saves me from being that other totally pulled together woman; you know, the one who probably left her vanity neat with a complete makeup application. She probably even arrived a few minutes early with a well-planned agenda.
But wait, she only has 24 hours in a day also? You’ve got to be kidding! Oh, she’s busy, too? So what’s this “not enough time” all about?
The truth of the matter is that I almost never schedule enough time to get dressed because I am totally immersed in some other much more engaging project, like taking a fabulously invigorating walk, writing my next book or analyzing an exciting business opportunity. So, not enough time is just an excuse, because these are all just choices about how I’m spending my time.
Even with all of the bright shiny objects competing for my precious time and attention, I do still find time to shower, choose an outfit (which usually delays me a bit more being caught up in the fun of it!) and do the hair and makeup thing, albeit frequently on the fly. I do it because of the end result I get when I do make time to “get cleaned up”, as my dad called it: I feel happier and more confident when I have made an effort to present my best image.
Where are you using reasons for excuses in your life? Can you recognize that choices are usually behind those “reasons”?
What happens when you decide to “get cleaned up” with your money? For me, I feel more confident, more focused and happier. What does getting cleaned up look like for many of the women I’m a money coach for?
- Seeing if you made more than you spent last month
- Brainstorming ideas for increasing income (click to watch video)
- Taking the first step on that new income stream idea
- Finding out exactly how that investment account is performing
- Updating your net worth and tracking your progress
Which one of the above tasks would most benefit you on your money journey right now? Choose one of these or another money “clean up” task that you’ve been avoiding. You know the one! Then grab your calendar and schedule it now.
Actually do it when the time comes, and then notice how you feel after you’ve done it.
Based on my work as a money coach, my guess is that you’ll feel confident and happier because dealing with something takes a lot less energy than avoiding it and perhaps even subconsciously expecting the worst. And besides, ditching excuses can be pretty powerful with both our time and our money.
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