Have you ever wanted to do something new, but you make up excuses for yourself like, “I just don’t have any time!” Or how about, “I’d like to do that, but I just don’t have the money right now.”
It baffles me that we let things like time and money have so much perceived power over us. The reason I say perceived power is because we all have the same amount of hours in a day — 24. While some people obviously make more money than others, we all spend money on a wide range of products and services.
So, how do some people seem to have time and money to do to the things that they want, while others seem to not have either?
I’ve come to the conclusion that we all do what we want with our time. We all also spend our money on what we want to spend it on. This may sound a bit confusing to you, but stay with me for a moment.
If you’re someone who often uses the excuse, “I just don’t have any time!” You’re lying to yourself. Maybe that’s a bit harsh, so I’ll say it another way; you’ve programmed your mind to mislead you into thinking you don’t have enough time.
We all have 24 hours in a day. We all have 168 hours in a week. We all have 730 hours in a month. We all have 8,760 hours in a year.
The difference is what you CHOOSE to do with those hours. None of us can stop time or gain time by conserving hours. Time is a use it or lose it commodity. What you choose to do with that time is what determines what you do with that time.
Things really boil down to priorities. We all spend our time in the order of our priorities. What we value the most determines where most of our time will be spent. If you put a higher stock into watching sports than you do playing with your kids, guess where the majority of your time will be spent if you’re forced to choose?
The reality is that we’re going to spend time doing something regardless. Even if we’re choosing to do “nothing,” the clock is still ticking nonstop. When we spend time doing something that’s not a true priority, we’re really just wasting that time.
TRANSITION YOUR TIME
The power of gaining time is really just transitioning the time you’re already spending, and using it to do things that really matter.
I used to always use this time excuse when it came to working out and going to the gym. I knew that I needed to work out, but I programmed my mind to think that I really didn’t have enough time to go. Between work schedules, raising kids, family events, eating, and sleeping, it was easy to convince myself that there was no time for the gym.
One day I made the decision to go to Planet Fitness before work. I usually used this time to get an extra hour of sleep. I thought the sleep was what my body needed to preform better at my job. What I found was that transitioning the time I was spending sleeping into going to the gym for that same amount of time made going to the gym achievable. I also benefited from raising my heart rate on the elliptical and pumping iron. Working out gave me more energy than that one hour nap would have.
I really had time all along, I was just spending it in the wrong places.
This same principal applies with money.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people utter the excuse, “I just don’t have any money for that.” Usually it’s said after you tell someone about something that would help them out physically or mentally. The greatest investment you can make is in YOU!
My wife and I recently completed a 28 detox. We saw amazing results, not only physically and on the scale, but also mentally. You couldn’t put a price tag on the way that we both felt after the detox was over.
A lot of people asked what we did to get such amazing results and we told them. We told them that they could do it too and we could show them how. A few people responded with, “I would love to do that, I just don’t have the money.”
TRANSITION YOUR MONEY
My thoughts were always the same. If you say you don’t have the money, you’re really saying that the results you want just aren’t worth it. You have to see the value.
Initially, I also had the thought, “I don’t know if we have the money for a detox like that!” And then I realized that we were spending well over the cost of the detox in monthly food expenses. All we did was transition the money we were already spending on fast food, eating out, energy drinks, and groceries, and we spent that money on the detox instead.
So, we had the money, we were just valuing eating out 5–6 times a week over our own mental and physical health. It was just a simple shift in priorities. We had to transition our money and our thinking and then we were able to get the results that we got and didn’t spend any extra money in the process!
The power of transitioning really is just a change in our focus. What we focus on the most will be activated and have power in our life. Our minds are like computers that can be programmed any way we choose.
It’s an uncommon time in the world today with this coronavirus pandemic. I’m not getting political with my thoughts on the issue in this article, but it does highlight the power of transitioning our focus.
When the news was initially breaking about this pandemic, social media was flooded with articles and posts alerting everyone to the outbreak. As the hours and days passed, it seemed like you couldn’t even scroll Facebook or Twitter without hearing someone’s opinion on the topic or seeing memes or jokes on the issue. It was everywhere.
I couldn’t take it anymore so I would limit the amount of time I spent on social media. I literally had to transition my focus onto other things so that my mind didn’t get an overload. When my mind became flooded with all things coronavirus, I actually started to feel fear and became worried about the future.
It’s so true that whatever you focus on the most will dominate your thought process and even effect your mood and decision making. I love the old gospel hymn that sums it up best:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace.”
Such powerful words and a great example of transitioning. When you turn your eyes, or transition your eyes, upon Jesus, everything else fades away in comparison. You’ll actually activate faith in your life in stead of activating fear.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to wash your hands or not worry about going out in public if you’re sick. You still need to be smart, but your spirit will be in faith-mode in the process instead of fear-mode.
If you find yourself saying things like, “I don’t have any time,” or “I just don’t have any money!” try the act of transitioning what you’re already doing and spending.
You have the power to live in victory and enjoy the things you really want to do. A simple act of transitioning your time, your spending, and your focus may not give you the power to control your circumstances, but they will give you the power to control how you live and act in the midst of your circumstances!
Transition your time, money, and focus, and change your life!