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Nothing happens until you make it happen


We all have things we want to do, but they never quite happen. Maybe you've been dreaming about starting your own business or taking a vacation for years, but it's always something that gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Or maybe you're just trying to start exercising regularly, and it keeps falling by the wayside when other things pop up.

There are two reasons why this happens: firstly, we don't prioritise what we want enough; secondly, we tell ourselves that there is no way we'll get our dream done because of time constraints or other people getting in our way. We need to stop saying, "I'll do it later", and start saying, "I will make this happen."

Waiting is the enemy of progress.

It's a waste of time, money and energy that you could be used to create more value in your life and the lives of others. If you need proof, look at what people are doing while waiting: texting friends, playing on their phones, watching Netflix or even sleeping!

Waiting brings opportunity costs: every minute spent waiting could have been spent making something happen; every pound spent waiting could have gone to paying down debt or investing in yourself; every ounce of energy wasted on Facebook could have been channelled into starting a business; every second lost while waiting for someone else to do something eventually adds up to years lost from your potential life span.

Waiting isn't just inefficient—it also makes us feel powerless over our own lives because we don't know what might happen next (if anything). But when we choose to make things happen instead of waiting for something to happen for us—when we set goals for ourselves based on our values rather than other people's expectations—we gain control over whether or not those goals get achieved!

Time waster alert

The amount of 'free' time you have is irrelevant. You will always find the time to make something happen when you want something.

We all have the same 24 hours a day as everyone else and can use them however we want. We need to learn how to prioritise our goals and make them a priority in our lives. If there's something important on your agenda, schedule it into your days like any other necessary appointment or meeting so that other things don’t get in the way later on down the line when they're already running late due to unforeseen circumstances (like traffic jams).

There is always an excuse.

You'll find one quickly enough if you need an excuse not to do something.

The problem with excuses is that they're always available. If you need a reason not to do something—any excuse—you'll find one quickly enough. There is always an excuse.

The truth is that there are no good or bad excuses; there are only effective or

ineffective ones. And there's a big difference between the two. The best way I've found to tell the difference between effective and weak excuses is by imagining yourself trying to use them in front of other people who know what they're talking about (for example, colleagues at work). What would they say? How would they respond? Would they believe you?

If your excuse passes this test, it's likely a good one—it may not be perfect, but it's good enough for most situations. If it doesn't pass this test, you either need to find a new excuse or accept the consequences of your actions (whatever those may be). Either way, stop making excuses!

  • You're tired or busy, so it's not the right time.

  • You aren't feeling well, so you shouldn't do it anyway.

  • You don't have the tools or training, so it's too hard for you now.

  • Your spouse would be upset if you did that, so wait until they get home from work (or vacation).

We would rather talk about doing something than do it.

We're all guilty of this because who wants to be like that person that makes things happen? You know, the one people admire for their initiative and go-get-them attitude. And yet we can all become that person—it just takes practice. It is best to set goals in a way that helps you feel like you have control over your destiny.

The ability to make things happen is a skill that takes practice.

You won't be good at it at first, but if you keep trying, you will get there.

You can't learn to be good at something without trying and practising. And if you want to become good at something—like playing the piano or learning to skateboard—you'll have to work hard and put in the time needed. It will take time before your skills improve; there's no getting around that fact.

But remember: practice makes perfect!


You can't make things happen if you don't try, so get started now! If you need help with motivation or inspiration along the way, we recommend reading "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg. It's full of fascinating stories about how people got where they are today and how they made those things happen.

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