Whatever you want to do with your job…your career…your life?
Make time happen.
I had an epiphany today.
I hate doing dishes.
Well really, it’s not the act of doing the dishes that I hate. It’s when my kids pile all this stuff in the sink without rinsing it off. Then, those dirty dishes just sit there until I get to them…Usually late at night.
After a whole day of dirty dishes sitting in the sink, you know what happens? Anything left on the dishes:
- Peanut butter
- You name it…
…is MUCH more difficult to rinse off. It takes some serious elbow grease along with remarkably hot water.
This drives me nuts.
What could be a simple action in the moment becomes incredibly time-consuming with far more effort to achieve the exact same result.
DUDE! Throw it all in the dishwasher!
Nope. Doesn’t cut it. If I just threw it all in the dishwasher, you know what happens? The dishes come out with baked on remnants of eggs, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, peanut butter, jelly, cheese, ketchup, mustard…you name it!
The last time I rinsed off the dishes I had my epiphany:
Whatever you want to do with your job…your career…your life? Don’t wait.
Make time happen.
Don’t wait. The more time that passes, the more difficult it becomes.
Start now—even with small steps—and in no time, you’ll be down the path to what you really want.
Need more motivation? Here are some quick things you can do to get in the right mindset:
- Read this post by Bruce Kasanoff.
The core of the brilliant post, “Harness the Awesome Power of Repetition,” is this: Do small, good things…every day. Repeat your effort. In time, great things will happen.
This works. All you have to do is be disciplined to repeatedly take action.
- Put a dedicated hour on your calendar for each day of the week—whenever you want. Focus that time exclusively on your pursuit.
This is how you control time instead of having time control you.
Consider how often you’ve thought, “I’d love to do this, but I don’t have the time.” What if you made the time?
Too many good intentions fall prey to the fixable barrier of time. Put it on your calendar. Create time. And then….
- Prioritize that time on your calendar. Move it for NOTHING.
When I wanted to be healthier a few years ago, the two most important things I did were:
- Creating the time to do it
- Moving that time for NOTHING
I put gym time on my calendar—twice a week for an hour each—and I put it first, no matter what.
And it was easy! I mean…two hours a week? Who can;t do that?!
It was a commitment. It was a focus on a goal. And it was (and continues to be) successful. I put it first, and I was rewarded for my repeated action.
Put the time aside, and you will have the time to use. Make that time sacred, and you will use it as intended.
So what are you waiting for? Go rinse those dishes!