ARE YOU TOO BUSY?
I know you’re busy so I’m going to get to the point: we use the excuse or story that we’re ‘too busy’ too often.
Regardless of what we’re spending our time doing, we fill it with something. But do we do the right things to achieve what we’re seeking? Or do we use a story that we’re too busy, that prevents us from, or helps us avoid doing those right things?
WHY do we do this?
Because we equate being busy with being valuable. We pride ourselves on what we do accomplish. Somehow being busy fulfills an inner desire to be worth more, or just worthy! But there’s a big difference between busyness and business.
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Did you ever notice that some people can get two, three, or four times more done in a day than the average person can in a week? Notice how they’re not ‘too busy’? They’re not spending time talking about how busy they are or creating excuses for why they can’t do what they want or need to do. They’re just doing it—all of it—and they’re open for more.
Recognize that we use the reasonable excuse of having other things to do, so we can avoid doing things that are difficult, important or frightening. Fear drives so much of our behavior, but the ego masks this fear with reasonable excuses that we actually believe.
Here are some examples: I’m Too Busy For Opportunity:
Nine years ago, a business woman contacted me several times to show me a service that would help my business grow. I was ‘too busy’ to listen. Thankfully, she was persistent because after her twelfth attempt to follow-up with me, I finally listened to her and my business has grown and benefited tremendously with her suggested service. When I look back on the experience, I wonder, “What was I thinking? How could I have been ‘too busy’ to listen to something so beneficial?” It took me way too long to find time and money for a change that created a bigger business—because I was too wrapped up in the day-to-day minutia of operations to see and act upon a new tool for success.
I’m afraid so I’ll get busy:
When I decided to write my book, I found myself doing other things so I couldn’t write the book! Things like alphabetizing my paper clips, organizing my drawers, cleaning my floors, and any other useless task I could use to fool myself into seeming busy with, because I was afraid of doing something I had never done before.
Too Busy for Those Important Conversations:
In relationships, people use the ‘too busy’ to have important conversations excuse. If a relationship is in trouble, don’t put things that matter least before the critical conversations or resolutions that matter most. People think it's easier to be ‘busy’ than it is to resolve conflict, ...but is it really?
So you see, We use ‘too busy’ as a habit-forming crutch. We create habits of doing and not doing with the ‘too busy’ story we tell ourselves.
By the way, if ‘too busy’ sounds like your story, you’re actually telling the universe to hold off on delivering you anymore because you’re jam-packed and you have no space left as it is.
How do we self-correct?
We need to be very clear about what we’re up to. Be on to yourself. Notice when your addiction to urgency and busyness distracts you from the most important things in your life. Ask yourself why? If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll see how you're avoiding the important things with a good excuse.
If you’re not too busy, then what is your excuse? The truth is that there is none. Pack your life full of all the things you need to say ‘yes’ to, including your health, rest, new business opportunities, doubling your sales, increasing your income, and maintaining healthy relationships.
Time is a gift, and we only have so much of it. Seize each moment. It would be a shame to give up on a dream because you’re ‘too busy’ to make the time and effort to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway, with or without you trying, so just believe that there is always more space to be more, do more and have more.
Where are you using the excuse of ‘too busy’ in your life? I can help you or your team find the deeper solutions under those reasonable excuses, so make time to call me because your greatest leadership day is with Penny Tremblay. 705-358-3396