I listened to a TED Talk recently about how language shapes the way we think.
This concept isn’t new to me.
For years, I’ve tried to make a habit of avoiding the words, “I don’t have time”. It is, frankly, a lie. For most of us, really. I try instead to say, “I haven’t prioritized _____”.
I think this is really important. If we say, and hear, “I don’t have time for yoga”, “I don’t have time for dog training”, “I don’t have time to cook” “I don’t have time...” enough, we’re in great danger of believing that.
Have you ever told a lie? Maybe years ago, as a kid even. You lied, and days or weeks or months later, maybe you forgot what ACTUALLY happened. You said something, and even though it wasn’t true, you said it enough to believe it.
Let’s say the truth enough that we believe it. Say it so much that your own words confront you with the reality of the situation— you COULD go to yoga, train your dog, cook a good meal... you just haven’t spent the small wage of time we’re given each day on those particular things. Maybe that’s totally okay— you probably spend those moments on other things. But be honest. Put yourself in great danger of believing that you do have time. And maybe you will.