We all hit that point in our lives where there is that item or task you have to do or get accomplished. You’ve put it off forever. You’ve tried to avoid it. You’ve maybe even tried tackling it once already – maybe multiple times. Maybe it’s a house project. Maybe it’s health or personal related. Maybe it’s the never-ending pile of junk on your counter top that you need to find an organizational system for.

Whatever it may be, whether that obstacle be a pebble in your shoe or a boulder on the road in front of you, imagine how much better you’d feel with it taken care of and crossed off your list? And being able to focus on and enhance so many other areas of your life?

Usually, one of or any combination of these five reasons is what is truly holding you back from getting it done.

  • Number 1: It’s a time crunch thing
    • We all struggle to make the time to get those things done in our lives that we put off until later because we maybe just don’t initially see them as an important priority. However, think about the last time you got a major accomplishment crossed off your list…Ahhh, the fulfillment!
  • Number 2: It’s a money thing
    • Oh, if we only had the luxury of not having to worry about the precious dollar how much easier our life would be, right?! Well, if you really think about it, you can’t take it with you and you’re just swapping a few bucks for something you need to have done in your life, allowing you to move on to or focus on other things, so what’s the big deal?!
  • Number 3: It’s a pride thing
    • You don’t want to hire someone else to do it for you because you have convinced yourself you can get it done yourself. So why would you pay for somebody else to do it then?! Think about the last big project you undertook yourself and how long you waited until you actually called somebody to finish it or redo it correctly. What a waste of time and probably money, right? Been there!
  • Number 4: It’s a lack of information thing
    • You just don’t quite know enough as to how to really get it done. Maybe you do some research, but quickly realize there’s just too much information to sift through or it just leads to more and more questions or confusion.
  • Number 5: It’s a fear thing
    • Let’s face it, you’re fearful of what may happen if you pull the trigger on it. Scared of it not working. Scared of what it will lead to. Scared of people will say or think. But most of all, scared of change and the future. Well, until you take it head on, it’s going to be just sitting there waiting for you. Constantly weighing on you.

The truth is, you try to validate at least one of these excuses when putting things off. However, what you fail to realize is that no matter what reason or excuse you use, the task at hand STILL is not getting done – or getting done correctly or efficiently anyway. And even worse, many times it will cause an even bigger headache in the future by avoiding it.

By failing to conquer these challenges, you are holding yourself up mentally and physically from progressing not just in the present, but more so long-term into the future.

Eventually, you reach a point where you have to commit to something. Where you have to swallow your pride and be willing to let go of the time and/or money to get it done correctly.

Hardly ever do you look back on that money spent and bruise to your ego and think Geez, that was a waste of time. Typically, it’s more like Man, I don’t know why I didn’t do that a long time ago!

Well, for me personally, the big decision I made today was pulling the trigger on hiring a marketing company to work with to start to take over some of the daily duties that I 1) struggle finding time for and 2) am not very good at and just don’t know enough about.

Trust me, it kills me to think about the dollars I’ll kick to them to take over some of this work. Work that I could eventually figure out…to an extent……maybe…

On the flip side of things, however, I realize that I have to be willing to invest to get a much bigger return back in the end. Knowledge is power, and they have more in this area than I obviously do. I see that the long-term benefit is going to greatly outweigh the dollars put into it many times over. Progress isn’t always cheap. It isn’t always fun or easy, either. In the end, though, if I don’t choose it, I’m just spinning my wheels. I have to swallow my pride and allow others to help me, which has always been a struggle for me. Allow them to do what they do best so that I can put focus elsewhere to help me in the long run.


*Patrick Metzger is a life and health coach and speaker that helps busy parents and professionals discover and ignite their ultimate potential in life through living healthier, happier and more balanced and fulfilled lives.