Here’s a little challenge: For the next week, instead of saying ‘I don’t have time’ replace it with ‘It’s not a priority’. Note how that makes you feel.
Today’s society is a busy society. Everybody is in fast motion and a lot of our time is dedicated to numerous undertakings. As a result, we often ‘don’t have time’ for things that we might like to do. However, this is a false statement and we can change our mindset by simply changing our vernacular.
If you are interested/engaged in an activity, then you will do what you can to find time to participate. Often, we use words to convince ourselves of our lack of enthusiasm or dedication towards something. We use words to make ourselves feel better when the truth may be hard to hear.
Here are some examples:
- I don’t go to the doctor because I don’t have time = I don’t go to the doctor because my health isn’t a priority.
- I can’t help you with your college work because I don’t have time = I can’t help you with your college work because your education isn’t a priority of mine.
Sound a bit different now?
Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice.