I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, or maybe you’ve said it yourself, “Life got in the way,” to explain why a project didn’t get finished or a business has stalled.
This statement as always struck me as cognitively dissonant.
How is life something that only happens once in a while and, somehow, plays the role of antagonist in the story of your life?
Life can’t get in the way; it is the way.
Work, family, and play are all important and always present, one doesn’t stop for the other.
That doesn’t mean that the best-laid plans don’t change when something else in your life takes priority. You might change the completion date for a project because a family member becomes ill. Or you might not. Every situation is different.
Doing big things requires that you are able to do more than one thing at a time.
It also means that you don’t use “life” as an excuse for not attending to another “part” of your life.
There is a difference between changing plans, while still finishing what you started, and making excuses for why you didn’t finish something.
Remember, life can’t get in the way; it is the way.