I wanted to follow up on a prior post titled “Don’t Hesitate”. The issue of procrastination, putting things off, or making excuses is all too common among people wanting to make change. I see it over and over again and it’s frustrating when you want to tell people that there is no better time than right now to make a change.
I’ve been helping someone with their budget who is really eager to get their finances in order. We sat down, went through the plan, and decided how to start. Well, wouldn’t you know, something came up that is hindering them from starting to take control of this aspect of their lives.
This person has decided to move and feels the need to get other things in their life in order before thinking about the budget. Personally, if I were making such an important life change I would want my finances in order first. People can make as many excuses as they want if they don’t make change a priority.
If you’re serious about changing something in your life the time is now. No matter what else comes up between today and when you start, do not let that hinder you; there will never be a better time to begin.
Sometimes that’s the best advice I can give someone. Life can seem overwhelming sometimes (or all the time) and I am certainly no exception to that rule. I try to follow my own advice though and just get away. You don’t have to climb a mountain (although I enjoy that) or walk on a deserted beach (that is nice too) to regroup. Sometimes I just drive with the radio off.
It is amazing to me how a simple time-out can make my problems seem so distant and the solutions seem so near.
I know I write about this often, but maybe I need to remind even myself about this key principle.
I lead a Financial Peace University (FPU) group as a ministry twice per year. Inevitably, it seems to turn out to always be one of the biggest groups that FPU has ever seen. I’m happy to offer my services for free during this 13-week program, and that is probably why the group is so big (120 people last time!).
Due to scheduling issues conflicts at the church, we’ve decided to keep this group to a max of 75 people. Time and time again I’ve seen people that want to make a change in their lives hesitate to the point that it’s too late. We had more people want to sign up during the last of 6 orientations that for the first 5 put together. We had to cut it off, but I’m still getting calls and emails asking to join. The good news is that I teach this class twice per year, and it’s also offered in the same format all over the country.
Is the hesitation or procrastination preventing you from reaching your goals? What’s stopping you from becoming debt-free, losing weight, starting that business you’ve always wanted to start, or doing something you actually enjoy for a living?
I wouldn’t be surprised if you took a hard look at that question and found out that the problem is you.
Take a break. Seriously. If you can’t pay your bills, get away for a day, or even just take a long walk. Some of my best ideas hit me when I’m completely disengaged. I’ve been known to walk for miles and come up with completely new ideas that never even occurred to me before.
Even if you’re doing well, try disengaging for 30 minutes today and see what happens. You won’t be disappointed.
That is a simple fact that cannot be changed. If they cost you more than they make, then you have the wrong person or company, or you should have done it yourself. I vote for finding someone worth their fee.
The number of people I meet who hate what they do for a living really does amaze me. I talk to many people who are working a particular job that do so out of a responsibility to their family. After all, without money, there is no food.
The greater problem in my eyes is that with this mindset, these people are really being irresponsible with the gifts God has given them. I believe we are each created with a specific purpose, and to throw that purpose to the way side and not use it, is to not trust in our Creator.
I’m certainly the last person that would ever tell someone just to quit their job. Rather, I think you need to be responsible to those counting on you, while at the same time looking inside yourself to find that inner purpose. At that point, instead of simply jumping away from something, you’ll be jumping to something. Develop a plan and carry it out. You’ll be glad you did.