The Myth of “If I Had Time”

We’ve all heard it many times: “I’d write a book if only I had the time!”

This is false. You are NEVER going to have the time. You will always have homework, or overtime at your job, or laundry piling up, or children to feed. It will never get easier - if anything, you will have less time as you get older and keep adding responsibilities. The only way to write is to MAKE time.

If you want something you have to work for it, even if it means giving up other things. Do you want to succeed more than watching TV? Do you want to reach your goal more than going out tonight? Do you want to follow your dream more than playing on the internet?

I see so many people who sit around and complain that they would do something IF. IF they won the lottery. IF they had more time. IF they were lucky. But the truth is, there is no IF. If you want it, you will find a way to make it happen, no matter what it takes.

I recently went to a seminar featuring a number of NY Times Bestselling authors, and their advice was always “be persistent.” If you keep working on your dream you will succeed at it. Luck or talent can help, but persistence and passion never fail.

If you want to write a book you have to treat writing like a second job. If you have another dream, of acting, or going back to school, or meeting the right guy or girl, you have to do something to make it happen. No one is going to just hand you your dream – you have to reach out and grab it for yourself.

Now get out there and make it happen.