“Excuses are the things we say or do that keep us from having, being or doing what we want”. No More Excuses! by Wayne Dyer. All this from a children’s book with pictures. Wow! What is keeping you from having, being or doing what you want? Dyer composed a list of 18 common excuses sent in from his readers. Here are my personal favorites:
I can’t afford it.
I don’t have the energy.
I’m too busy.
In reading Tim Ferris of the Four Hour Work Week the excuse that stands out for me lately is “I’m too busy.” Ferris equates busyness with laziness:
- Being busy is a form of laziness–lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.
- Being busy is most often used as a guise for avoiding the few critically important but uncomfortable actions.
This is biblical as well. God created and then he rested. Did he rest because he was tired? No, He rested because He was done! We especially women are never done. John Gray in his second book, Why Mars and Venus Collide devotes a whole chapter to “A woman’s never-ending-to-do list” and the stress this causes in male/female relationships. She is never done, there is always more that could be done or done better. Why? If God the creator rested, and specifically tells us to enter into his rest even made rest specifically for us, why are we struck in busyness?
Excuses, we don’t have time for sinkin’ excuses we are too busy to make them! Quickly let me point out that not only does busyness cover laziness but also fear. Huh? Ask yourself “Am I staying extra busy because the next task is scary with a capital S”? What is the answer- put on your super hero pants and do that phone call, project, or handle the conflict before 11am. (Thanks, Tim).
What you will get:
Relief, Rest, Result- and the black cloud of fear will disappear= Freedom! Plus you look great in those superhero pants!
What are your favorite excuses? What are you favorite time wasting looking busy activities? Rest.