Lies We Tell Ourselves Part 1: I Don’t Have Enough Time

I’m the first one to admit that I’m a lazy blogger. In fact, if I was to look at all the seven deadly sins and associate with one the most, it would be the sin of sloth.

I’m serious, I’m lazy.

Now, one thing I used always tell myself whenever something difficult needed to be done was that “I didn’t have enough time.” Of course I didn’t have enough time, I was busy with important stuff right? Well, no… Usually it was because I wanted to watch the Simpsons or some other favorite show of mine.

As I started to build my business I realized that the excuse that I didn’t have enough time wasn’t going to cut it anymore. In fact, if I wanted to start anything important at all I would have to drop that excuse. Why? Because if you say that you don’t have enough time you are lying to yourself.

We all have the same amount of time as everyone else.

Here’s the reality, whether you are Pope Francis, Richard Branson, or just an everyday Joe – you have the same amount of time as everyone else. How is it that a multi-billionaire like Richard Branson can find the time to do the things that he does? Is it because he was born with a business that made billions and billions of dollars? Is it because he has some sort of time machine that allows him to stretch out the days? No, I can assure you that it’s because he works far harder than you or I do and within the same amount of time during the day.

The same thing goes with Pope Francis. Do you honestly think that he lounges about all day watching television? Do you think that you are busier than Pope Francis, the leader of the entire Catholic world? How is it that he’s able to do the things that he does even though he has to be the light and leader of 1.2 billion Catholics?

It’s easy to have excuses.

The fact is that, and I’m guilty of this too, we love making excuses. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t do everything, but when God is calling you to do something important and you give the excuse that you don’t have enough time – it is simply not true. You have the time, you just don’t want to do it. You don’t want to do the hard work that’s involved with it. You don’t want to say no to the things that you want to do instead.

Trust me, I get it. But here’s how your hours in the week breakdown (this is thanks to my mentor Peter Voogd):

24 Hours in a Day
168 Hours in a Week

——— Here is what you can do with those hours —
52 Hours a Week Sleeping (7.5 hours a night)
50 hours a week at school or work (including commute)
15 hours a week eating
24 hours a week relaxing (mainly watching TV 3 hours a day)
4 more hours for Church or Football
Watch another 5 hours of TV ( if you so choose and think it’s wise)

Even with all of that you have 18 extra hours unaccounted for!

That’s right even if you are going to spend three hours a day watching television (which is the national average for American men) you are still left with a surplus. Do you really think that you don’t have enough time still?

It starts with me

I’m not writing on this to rag on you. On the contrary, I’m writing on this to rag on me. Over the last few weeks I’ve really gotten extremely lazy and dropped the ball on a lot of stuff that I normally would keep running with. I stopped exercising, I felt the overall malaise when it came to the day, and I stopped planning out my weeks which brought a huge drop in productivity. I started missing a lot of opportunities that I would’ve normally jumped on.

Did I miss these opportunities because I didn’t have the time? Heck no, I missed them because I made excuses.

We are lying to ourselves when we say that we don’t have time. Join me in fighting back against this particular lie.

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