One of the most common excuses for not making changes in your life is “I really want to do it but I don’t have time”. I know, I’ve used it myself! And the real power of this excuse is that you can really truly convince yourself that its true. Except that its not.
Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. From the high achievers to the down and outs, its the one thing we all have in common. So the only difference is how we use that time. The really smart people know what gets them the results they are looking for and they focus all of their attention on those things and only allow themselves to be distracted when the job is done.
So there’s two big skills to learn here. One is the skill of knowing what really matters. For the most part you can only learn this by practising and making mistakes. Which is why it is really powerful to have a mentor, or even a few mentors who have gone this way before and can help you avoid making the mistakes they made. You will still make plenty of your own but that’s how you learn so don’t get too stressed about making mistakes. It helps if you are very clear about what your goals are and you check your progress on them regularly so if you are off course you can correct quickly.
The second big skill is focus and that’s the really tough one because focus is not so much a skill as a discipline. Not allowing yourself to become distracted by all the exciting things going on around you or all the new and wonderful opportunities that are sprouting up is one of the most challenging things you can do. But its worth it, because people who stay focused succeed.
Its not a matter of time, its a matter of priorities.