It is not unusual to hear people make excuses for not doing what is expected of them. There is a part of the human nature that wants to push the responsibility for our shortcomings away from us. You may have heard comments like: “I have always been overweight, it is in my genes” or “ It will be great to read books regularly but I am too busy”. Maybe you have not only heard such statements but you have made similar comments as well. The goal of this post is to encourage you to stop making excuses and also provide practical tips that can help you take charge of your life.
There are times you desire specific things and genuinely there are reasons why you cannot take steps in the direction you desire, but should it end there? A story of a young lady I once heard comes to mind, she got pregnant in high school and had to drop out of school to have the baby. After having the baby, she had to get a job to support herself and the baby. Her job was selling meal tickets at her high school, but she really desired more than that. If you carefully consider this situation, she has a genuine reason for not being in school: she needs a job. What this young girl did in her situation is commendable, she did not settle for the status quo instead she worked around her schedule to make her dream come to pass. She started taking night classes, took her GED and passed. She proceeded to college and earned her Bachelor’s degree, after which she earned an advanced degree. She eventually got a job as a principal in the same school district where she sold meal tickets.
What changes can you make to your current schedule to accommodate your dreams? It might involve taking some time off social media or switching off the TV earlier than you normally would. Look out for my next post as I delve into this topic more.
– Written by Bola Olayanju