I’d have a better job/Get better grades/Write more/Do more if only I had…

More time. Less distractions. More money. Less non-work/school responsibilities.

But you don’t, and more than likely, you never will.

Why?

As soon as you get more time, you’ll find more things that need to get done.

As soon as you block out your distractions, others creep in and take their place.

As soon as you earn more money, you realize it will take a lot more money.

If you accept you have limited time, focus, and funds, you can start working on fixing what’s really broken: your mindset. Don’t worry about what you cannot fix. Instead of thinking about what you can’t do, come up with a list of things you can do.

The Stoic philosopher Epictetus wrote: “First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.”

Every excuse you make is time, focus, money, and energy spent on NOT fixing what’s broken. If you truly want something, you will make it a priority. You will find a way to accomplish it with the resources you have available to you.

Andrew J. Wilt is the author of Age of Agility, a book that addresses the skill gap between school and work. He can be reached at Andrew.wilt@sustainableevolution.com and on Twitter @andrewjwilt
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