This is something I am 100% guilty of being: Mr. Good Intentions. Mr. Good Intentions is the nicer way of saying Mr. Excuses, which is what my wife would prefer to call it. What I mean by this is that I always have great plans and great intentions to better myself or my life, but I never practice good habits and follow through. One of my biggest weaknesses is organization and I am very aware of it. So, sometimes my wife, daughter and I will go shopping and I’ll see something that I think will help me get organized. A couple of things I recently bought were a mail sorter we have in the living room and the other is three trays to organize papers on my desk. Because I had the great idea and plan to get organized, I no longer have mail and papers scattered throughout my desk; however, because I did not maintain good habits, those papers are just thrown in these organizational devices, hence Mr. Good Intentions.
One of the biggest excuses that people make to credit themselves as Mr. or Ms. Excuses is sleep. We all value our sleep, whether we had a long day at work, we just had a lot of knowledge in take from school, we’re sick, or we’ve been taking care of the kids all day, etc. While we’re sleeping, someone else is working on making their dreams come true. Most of my life I’ve been a morning person. When I was a kid, I used to get up early in the morning to finish my homework before going to school. Now that I’m older, it doesn’t work that way. Mr. Good Intentions wants to get up early and get things done like homework or go to the gym, but Mr. Good Intentions hits the snooze button every couple of minutes to get those last few minutes of sleep. Mr. Good Intentions hears the alarm and thinks, “There’s enough time in a day, I don’t need to get up just yet.” I go to college online, and most of my homework and tests are all due on Sunday. I have the intention on getting up early to complete it all; however, I get stuck in that mentality and end up turning everything in 5 minutes before the due date or I don’t have enough time to complete everything because I put so much pressure on myself.
Like I said in my first post, good habits are a fundamental to success. Do what you need to do to wake up early and get a jump on the day. Change your mentality, change your focus. If you want to make it to the next level, you cannot be Mr. Good Intentions, you cannot be Ms. Excuses. Follow through with your plan. If you have a paper due, set your alarm once. Do not hit the snooze button! If you need to make a cup of coffee to help you, do it! It’s so easy to make an excuse and say you’re too tired to write your paper or too tired to go to the gym. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. You need to wake up, knowing that you will be better off because of it. Go out there and accomplish something today.