" If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses. " - Bruce Nauman
We are all pros at making excuses. If it was up to us, we would do everything "tomorrow." But you know what they say about tomorrow, it never really comes. These excuses just put off things that are important for both our happiness and future. Things like:
1. That dreaded visit to the Dentist: "It's just a cavity."
Most people don't like going to the doctor's. And absolutely no one likes going to the Dentist's. But as a person who has seen first hand what happens when you ignore an innocent cavity, I believe that it's super important to keep your pearly whites in perfect condition.
2. Ending a relationship you don't want be in : "He/she can change. I know it."
When you're with someone for a long time, it is easy to fall into a lull of security and complacency when it comes to our significant others. We stay with them even when they're abusive, unreasonable or rude. We put off that inevitable break-up because we're scared. Don't be. Sever the bonds that hurt you and become a stronger person.
3. Staying fit : "Later..."
The problem of our times is that we first sacrifice our health to gain wealth. And later when our quality of life has deteriorated due to lifestyle diseases and other illnesses, we waste our wealth in order to get back our health. Why not do it the other way around and start exercising to stay fighting fit all the time? After all, what is wealth when you don't have the health to enjoy it? #NoMoreExcuses
4. Buying that dream house : "Isn't it a bit too early?"Anyone who has stayed on rent will know how shitty it is to constantly move around and deal with the landlord's do's and don'ts. And truth be told, many of us with stable jobs and disposable incomes can easily afford the down-payment for a decent apartment . But most of us would rather save up for that next iPhone rather than pay a monthly installment. Guess which one pays off in the end?
5. The boogeyman called investment : "That's for old people."
It's not really our fault. Business channels make this shit sound so complicated that a layman wouldn't know where to start. But start we must, and that too sooner rather than later. Having a good life insurance and/or retirement plan is a nice way to ensure a comfortable old age even after your #YOLO days are over. If you're still not convinced, look up something called " the power of compounding ."
6. Taking that dream vacation : "Next week/month/year."
Because work will wait, but life won't. You don't want to be 50 and look at your traveling bucket list to see that you've only ticked off 5 items. That'll suck big time.
7. Quitting a bad habit : "I'm really good at quitting. I've done it hundreds of times."
Bad habits are like asshole friends. You know they're bad for you, but you somehow can't tell them to leave you alone and buzz off. Binge eating, smoking, excessive drinking, the list is endless. And the thing is, there is no right time to quit and in quitting, there are no half measures. Quit and stay away. #NoMoreExcuses
8. Spending time with your loved ones : "They're not going anywhere."
Don't wait till tomorrow to show them how much they mean to you. They're only going to be here for so long and so are you. Whenever you get the chance, let them know they mean the world to you.
9. Following your passions : "It doesn't work that way in the real world."
Do what you want in life. Live your life like you want it. It is yours after all. Do you want to grind through a half-assed existence where you did what others wanted you to do and bowed to the whim and fancy of just about anyone? No, right? Then don't.
10. That epic adventure : "Kabhi aur..."
Adventures and epic trips take a lot out of you. That's why they're best had when you're in the pink of health and in the prime of your youth. Because once you grow old, going on an adventure will be the last thing on your mind. So go on one now. At least you'll have a lot of interesting stories to tell your grand-kids!
Excuses are second nature to mankind. Check out this video which contains interesting excuses made by people for not buying their own homes. Can you identify with any of these?
A wise person once said "the best way to get something done is to begin."
So begin today, not tomorrow.
This article is sponsored by Tata Value Homes .