A few weeks ago, my wife told me about a great quote she found from Brene Brown about how to make time for your passion. I’ve tried to find the quote online but I’ve been unsuccessful so I’ll try to restate it here:
You need to treat your passion like an affair. People who have affairs also have family, work, and many other responsibilities but they still find the time to go to hotels and get away because it’s so important to them. This is the way you need to treat your passion. You need to make time to write, dance, workout, read, play music, or whatever it is you want to accomplish.
Is your passion as important? If so, then do what ever it takes to make some time to accomplish it. Wake up ridiculously early. Stay up way past your typical bedtime. Work on it during you lunch break. Get to work a little early or stay late. Grab a coffee. Go to the library. Instead of watching that next episode on TV, read a book, write a chapter, create a speech, learn a song, practice some code, or whatever it is that’s important to you.
These are the things you need to do if you want achieve your goals. For most of us the only excuse we have is our own.
What excuse are you using today?
Give that speech. Run that race. Start that tribe. Play that game. Land that job. Teach that student. Create that product. Take that trip. Ask that girl. Kiss that boy. Dance that way. Raise that hand. Cast that vote. Read that book. Organize that event. Coach that team. Win that prize. Grasp that pen. Meet that mentor. Sing that song. Walk that path. Climb that mountain. Jump that hurdle. Imagine that opportunity. Dream that dream. Try that restaurant. Surf that wave. Ride that ride. Fly that plane. Swim that ocean. Chase that expectation. Watch that movie. Help that child. Donate that time. Earn that money. Learn that language. Jam that instrument. Hack that code. Show that emotion. Offer that opinion. Open that door. Assist that stranger. Adopt that pet. Save that person. Build that trail. Have that conversation. Hug that parent. Love that partner.
Never regret. Never hold back.
Those moments when you held back will be the moments you regret.
Inspired by this Seth Godin blog post, About to be.
The only way to become the writer who has written a book is to write one.
The only way to become the runner who has just finished a run is to go running.
You might dread the writing or the running or the leading, but it’s the key step on the road to becoming.
If it’s easier, remind yourself what you’re about to be.