“I don’t have time for ____________”

I guarantee that at some point in your life you’ve heard this phrase: “I wish I could be good at _________ but I don’t have the time.” You can fill in that blank with whatever: shooting, fitness, jujitsu, swimming, playing the guitar, cooking, whatever. The problem with that statement is that you, I, and everyone who has ever said it does have the time to become good at something.

We simply choose to prioritize something higher than getting good at that thing. I don’t want you to think that there’s anything wrong with that, either. Taking shooting as example – someone decides they want to get really good at shooting, so they spend 15 minutes a day, five days a week dry firing with a SIRT pistol. They’ve made the choice to prioritize gaining skill at this task higher than something else, like playing video games or reading a book, for example. Everything’s a choice – I’d like to be good at playing guitar so that I could have one skill that’s socially acceptable, but I’ve chosen to prioritize shooting and fitness instead of that. It’s a conscious choice.

Of course, there is a flip side to this, and that sometimes making things you want a lower priority is the right choice. I would never say that you should dry fire instead of spend time with your family, for example. But if you want to get good at shooting, I’d be willing to bet there’s something else you could cut out of your day and replace with training.

The moral of the story is simple: don’t tell yourself you don’t have time to accomplish the things you want. You do, but it’s up to you to decide if you’re willing to sacrifice that time for something else.

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