Folks, I hear it all the time. It sounds like this: "I'm too busy." "It's too late." "I have no time." "Where will I find the energy?" "My motivation is shot."
Excuses can be rational but also clever avoidance techniques. What's stopping you from starting?
What resolutions or goals or hopes did you have when turning the calendar to 2022? It's not too late. We're only a month in. You can begin again today: the first of February.
I've written about this before, but let me share this again. Perhaps you've heard of SMART goals:
Specific – target a specific area for improvement
Measurable – quantify an indicator of progress
Assignable – specify who, if anybody, am I waiting for to get it done
Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved
Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved
What would SMART living look like for you?
Physically, it could be weight loss, exercise, eating healthier or getting more sleep Spiritually, you might begin to meditate daily, get back to worship or pick up an inspirational book Mentally, consider mindfulness practice to help you create a cleaner space in your mind and heart Emotionally, the first step might mean forgiving yourself, someone else, or a person (perhaps deceased) who may have hurt you Interpersonally, do you need to connect with real people, honest people or maybe disconnect from those who bring you down? Hint: ugly social media posts.
Why wait... do it today! As the memorable line goes in the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: "It will be alright in the end and if it’s not alright it’s not the end."