One of my daily habits is listening to podcasts as I travel. One of the more inspiring ones is The Accidental Creative podcast by Todd Henry. In the episode called The Dailies, Todd Henry discusses the habits successful people put into place to keep them on the right track each day.

Staying motivated and inspired to take action is tough, especially if you just sit around waiting for inspiration. What is more important is intentionally taking action by developing daily habits to keep you on track towards reaching your goals.

We’ve all heard the phrase “time flies when you’re having fun.” Time also flies when you don’t plan. The days slip away and all of a sudden all the things put off for tomorrow have never happened. It’s time to nip that sort of living in the bud and live intentionally.

Personal Experience

One of my personal goals is to write a fiction book series. While the first drafts of each book were completed 10 years ago, they have not been edited because the massive task of rewriting each novel is monstrously time-consuming. In fact, it’s such a huge task I continue to put it off because I need:

  • more time in my day to devote to writing
  • a new computer that functions as expected
  • to improve my fiction writing skills
  • motivation to get started

At the end of the day all of these reasons are just excuses for why I can’t get started.

Think about it: What is one thing you’ve been procrastinating about? Do you know why you keep putting it off?

Maybe it’s a project that will take too long. Maybe it’s a trip you feel you don’t have the money for. Maybe you’re waiting until you get more experience or turn a year older. Whatever it is that keeps you from moving forward, it’s time to step out of those excuses and take action.

Here’s what I’ve done each time an excuse crops up:

  • More time in my day to devote to writing = getting up earlier to spend at least 30 minutes writing
  • Needing a new computer = I bought a keyboard for my iPad and store the documents in iCloud, Dropbox or Google Drive so that I can access them anywhere from any device
  • Improve my writing skills = I write every single day and listen to podcasts on improving grammar and writing skills. From there I take what I’ve learned and put it into action.
  • Needing motivation to get started = some days I’m inspired and some days I’m not, but it’s not about merely being motivated, it’s about having the drive to keep going whether I feel like it or not.

What excuses do you have for not getting things done? What alternatives do you have for combating excuses and making things happen anyway?

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