"I don’t have any time.” is one of the lamest excuses in the world.
in the free world, we actually get the choice of how we use our time.
It is 6pm Monday, my brain is a bit fried, but I there is a lot more I want to get on paper and made up from the holidays – but I need a break. Congratulations, you get to read more dribble from my mind.
I think I made a bit of a mistake, in that I appear to somehow have signed up for two courses about chaos, complexity, and dynamic systems – and then I get an interesting blurb from Duke university on some interesting course ideas. If you are not taking advantage of the free online courses to sit in and learn – you might be an idiot. I don’t see this trend really lasting forever, already they are packaging little app like mini certifications for 40-50 usd a class or 500 a group.
At my age, I want to believe everyone is still hungry to learn and grow each day they are on the planet.
It brings me to an excuse I hear often in the world, “I don’t have any time to (insert idea, topic, fitness program, learning, etc)”
I don’t’ know why, but I cringe when I hear that excuse. Years ago, I had a sales trainer use the example that someone always says they have no time, yet, if you know their dream of a lifetime is to go to some remote island for a holiday, and you called them up with a free trip, but they had to leave in 8 hours, the vast majority would suddenly find the time.”
Then again, you can give things away for free, no one cares. If you charge a small fortune for the same thing you gave away, “it must be valuable!” Psychologists studying proved this fact the price of all you can eat buffets and simply changing prices. The higher prices one, “was better.” According to survey takers.
So my dilemma when I say, “I don’t have any time” actually means, “I am sorry, I don’t have any time – let me see what I can move, adjust, juggle or cut out and see if it can work?”
Based on the online course in the past, some take a lot of time, others, perhaps those where I have a lot of experience in; seem to blow by in no time. But I have to cute one or two of the course out. It is not that I want to, but in the area of complexity, big data and algorithm development – I have to concentrate more than a business course.
But I still have time.
I have to giggle about it being the first of the year. I have not been in a gym for about two years, sans a few weeks when I could visit my folks. I do miss the gym, but I am shocked to have learned how much you can do to get in really decent shape with less time than I ever thought – sans a gym.
But flashing through my head is the cash cow for fitness called “new years sales!” Where people line up, desires springing forth in a cornucopia of hope that this year something will change and allow one to follow through on a fitness program beyond the 3, 7 or 21 days when the vast majority fail – drop out and go back to what was.
There was one area I lived in where each January, I thought about never going, the place was packed. I would go into the sauna and see a bunch of men my age all clothed in full exercise apparel.
“Aren’t you all hot?” I would ask. Part of me wondering if i would need to call the paramedics from heat exhaustion.
“Yeah, but our wives buy us these fitness things each year, none of us cares or wants to exercise, so we come in, sweat in the clothes, and do this for a few weeks till the idea wears off.”
The irony was, like clockwork, each year, around new years, was the only time I ever saw those guys all year.
Seems like and expensive waste of time.
Don’t short yourself with learning, fitness or whatever passion and dream you have inside your heart you want to try – make the time.