Are you too busy?
We hear this excuse a lot: I’m too busy or I’ve just been so busy lately! Yes, I said it. It’s an excuse. When the world is at your fingertips, it is hard not to fall into this “busyness” trap. The world has convinced us that we need to constantly have something to do. But that’s how we get distracted and start doing things that don’t align with our purpose. We are all guilty of it.
I have personally been making excuses about why I am too busy to work on more prints for my Etsy shop, Designed by Grace. I really enjoy designing new prints, but I have been allowing other tasks to get in the way. When I say I’ve been too busy to work on my shop, what I am really saying is that I am not making it a priority. These things aren’t going to grow my shop or increase sales, they are only getting in the way of what I need to do.
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Even though busyness may seem important at the moment, it won’t hold value for long. I will admit that I am really good at creating busyness. Sometimes, it’s okay to stop and go out of your way for something. However, if you feel like you are adding extra steps or taking on everything at once, stand back and ask yourself “how does this add value”? When you run a blog or a business, you will find yourself overwhelmed by all the things you “have to do” to be successful. In case you didn’t know this, everyone’s path is different and there isn’t an exact science for success!
I am going to break down the essentials for you to conquer your goals.
How to conquer your goals in a busy world
Find your goal, your purpose. This step should always be first. I feel like it goes without saying, but just in case, I am throwing it in here. What motivates and drives you? What change do you hope to inspire? What walls do you want to break down?
Focus on what is important. Easier said than done, right? It is so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing that we feel like that is what we need to be doing, as well. That is where you get way off track. Others might have a similar goal to yours, and it’s human nature for us to compare our progress to theirs. Instead of competing and comparing, put that energy into what you are doing.
Quit trying to do everything. When you first start out, it is so easy to feel like you need to be doing everything. But when it is just you, you get burnt out. Focus on what you can do well and do that! Spreading yourself too thin decreases the quality of your work. Remember that being excellent at a few things is much better than being okay at many things.
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Stop. Making. Excuses. So you don’t think your life is interesting? Well, no one’s life is interesting and exciting all the time. What if no one listens to what you have to say? Well, what if hundreds of thousands of people listen to what you have to say? But you won’t know if you don’t try. The only thing that is standing in your way are your excuses and self-doubt.
Don’t worry about what other’s think. This is the hardest part for me. I over think about what other people might possibly think. It’s the biggest mountain that stands in front of me, and I struggle to get over it. I have been making more of an effort to put others’ opinions behind me and pay more attention to what God thinks of me. When I start to question what others may think, I turn it around to ask what God may think. Will He approve? His opinion is the only one we should care about.
Being too busy is just an excuse that is getting in the way of your purpose and your goals. It starts with changing your thoughts to block out the busyness and focus on what will help you achieve those goals.