You’re not too busy, but you won’t like the real answer

As a gym owner for many years and a worldwide fitness educator, I’ve heard all of the excuses. Heck I’ve made them all myself. The most common excuse I hear is, “I’m too busy.” or “I don’t have enough time.”

This excuse is like Linus’ blanket in Charlie Brown. It’s soft, warm and it gives you that feeling of security. It takes the ball out of your court and puts it into whatever obligation you think takes up all your time and energy.

Busy doing what?

Did you watch TV today?
Surf the web?
Scroll around on various social media time vampires?

I’ve been busy before. Before I started Ambition Athletics in 2009 I was working 4 different jobs and going to college full-time. I would cut class to work and make up for it later. I got sick during every mid-term and final because the only “time management” tool I had was to forego sleep.

Single mothers hold down a full time job while raising a child–this is what it means to be actually busy.
Stronger*Faster*More Flexible*Ripped/Shredded*Smarter*Wealthier
Almost everybody, without fail, wants these things. I know I do, and my actions match those goals daily. If they don’t I need to reevaluate.

I’m not advocating an elimination of free time, chill time, vegetating, whatever you want to call it, but I know for a fact that most of us hardly utilize the precious time we are given.

Ask yourself these questions:
What are your top three life goals at the moment?
What are your top three time sinks?
What action is required to bring you closer to your goals?

It’s very simple, all you have to do is replace your main time sinks with the actions required to bring you closer to your goals. Over time this will pay huge dividends, no matter what the goals are.

I went ahead and answered these questions for myself…

1) Life Goals:
Help more people achieve better movement and health in a way that is sustainable. Find a better way to scale the delivery of this information.
Improve at BJJ and Rock Climbing

2) Time Sinks:
Social Media
Watching TV
Resting too long during workouts, not focusing time, shooting the breeze with my friends at the gymMax Jiu Jitsu

3) Actions:
Partition and set time blocks and maximums for time sinks
-Rock Climb twice per week
-BJJ twice per week
-Dedicate 10 minutes each morning to meditation and creating a LIST of what I can do to facilitate delivery of good health and fitness information.

Even in writing this article, I’ve given myself clarity and focus on what is truly important to me. Learn to separate your simple “wants” from your true desires and give them the attention they deserve. Life is about daily improvement, body and mind. Replace time sinks with actions and you’ll be amazed at just how much you can do…

Better Every Day,

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2 thoughts on “You’re not too busy, but you won’t like the real answer

  • Max Shank

    Thanks Collin, agreed. It really does seem to be a recurring theme between people who are out and actually getting things done.

  • Collin Messer

    Nice Max, I like it. I agree. I think most people have an idea of what they need to do to reach a goal, they just waste time not doing it. Pick one goal, pick one method to help reach the goal, focus on that method, rinse and repeat. This has been my mantra recently.