You Don't Want It

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Summary of Main Ideas

Can I tell you why you haven’t done that thing that you want to do?

It’s not because you don't have the time. We hear that all the time, don’t we? People saying they just don’t have the time.

The reason you haven't done the thing you want to do is because you just don’t want to.

We are all given the same 24 hours in a day. The same 7 days a week. The same 365 days in a year. We don't get to choose the time that we are given, but we do get to choose how we use that time.

Maybe you’re working a 9-5 job where you have to be in the office every day. Aside that from the fact that you chose that job, you still get to choose how you use that time. You can be effective, or you can be ineffective. You can accomplish a ton, or you can accomplish nothing.

“I don't have time” is just an excuse. You have chosen to spend your time in such a way that doesn't allow you to achieve your goal.

You can choose to make time to work out, to journal, to study, or whatever the case may be. When you really want to do something, you will re-prioritize your life in such a way that you will have the time for the thing you really want. You won’t waste your time.

When we waste time, we do it because we think we have enough time. We live in a world where we think time will always keep turning. But you and I both know that the reality is one day, we will run out of time.

Sports broadcaster Spence Tillman wears 2 watches. One that tells the time, and one that doesn’t work. It’s stopped. He does this as a reminder that one day he will run out of time, and as such, he must use his time wisely. He has to be selective about what he says yes to.

We can’t say yes to everything. The simple act of saying “yes” to one thing means that, in some area of your life, you are saying “no” to something else. You cannot do everything, and we have got to learn to say “no” on purpose, not just simply as a result of saying “yes.”

Where are you spending your time? How are you using the time that has been given to you? Are you putting it to good use, or are you squandering it?



“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don't have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don't want to.” Lao Tzu

“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” Oprah

Reflection Questions

  1. How do you need to re-prioritize your life to make the time for the things that are important to you?

  2. Where have you said “yes” frivolously, causing you to say “no” to the things that matter? (family, friends, health, etc.)

  3. What do you need to cut out of your life? It may be a really good thing, but does it need to go?

  4. Who do you need to give more of your time to?