I’ve been greatly encouraged by the response to my blog post about finding new direction last night as well as comments on Twitter. It would seem I’m not the only one trying to work out how to shake off the sense of vagueness and inactivity.
In keeping with the idea of shaking off the beige-ness of my everyday life, I’ve decided to bypass the regular motivation and inspiration gurus to kick-start my attitude makeover. No The Secret or Deepak Chopra here, my friends. Anyone can quote Anthony Robbins to get the motivational fires burning. Since I am choosing to no longer blend into the background or run with the crowd, it seems only right that I look for something a little less middle-of-the-road.
A few nights ago I was up late working with How Not to Decorate with Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan on the TV in the background. After chatting with a pair of particularly disorganised and cluttered homeowners, Justin commented that the modern world is made up of excuses. This is a paraphrase, as it was late and I was working, but the general idea of the comment really struck home.
I could fill a book with all the excuses I have used in the past couple of years to justify to myself and others the things that I am not getting done. My husband works away from home frequently and when he is home he often works long hours. I have three young children. I just don’t have enough time/money/energy. It’s too hot (we don’t have air con, so that excuse works for mid-December to late February). I’m too old. I don’t have any qualifications.
I could go on, but it basically comes down to lots of ‘too much’ or ‘too little’ excuses that stop me ever taking risks.
So. Here it is. This is my commitment to Stop Making Excuses. Time for me to stop procrastinating and be passionate about life again.
I’m up for the challenge. Are you?
PS Dear Colin and Justin, if you happen to read this and you’re ever in Australia, you could makeover my house. We’ve been here 3 years and my overactive excuses gland means that we have done hardly anything to decorate our home yet. It would be like a blank canvas. Please think about it. Yours faithfully, Susanby