The I Don’t Have Time Lie

by Jackie

The other night I was in bed trying to fall asleep and I’d recently read an article about using LinkedIn for your business.

I heard myself think… “I don’t have time for LinkedIn”.

And then I heard myself think… “UM, yes, you do. Why did you say that?”

Then we got into a little bit of a discussion about the lie “I don’t have enough time”

By the time we’d dug through the layers and hashed it out here’s what we came up with.

I don’t have time is an easier thing to say than “I don’t know how” or “I’m afraid.”

I started thinking back, thinking about times I’d told myself “I didn’t have time” for something, and when I dug into it I found it was really just a cover story for something else that didn’t feel all that great. It’s so much easier ~ and people are so much more willing to buy “I don’t have time”. You don’t have to feel vulnerable or risk your feelings with I don’t have time. Hell, no one has time. People get that.

Do you think people would understand and be open to hearing I don’t know how to work LinkedIn? How about I don’t know how to make it work in my business? Or I don’t even know if it has a place in my business, and I’m afraid to waste a bunch of time and realize I was wrong?

Yeah… while it may be the truth, I don’t think most people would risk saying that out loud.

THUS.. the I don’t have time lie.

So… I’m wondering… what about you? I realize there are people who have much less time in their world than I have. So maybe you really DON’T have time… but do you have an “I don’t have time” lie you go to when you just need an easy excuse?

Do you know it’s a lie? What would happen if you did?

Once I got honest about my feelings around LinkedIn I was able to make some solid business decisions about whether I should or shouldn’t use it. It wasn’t based on fear… but on reality ~ and my business. Now it no longer lurks in the back of my mind. When I see articles about LinkedIn I don’t get that clenched up (I’m hiding from fear) feeling in the back of my throat. I can read it or not read it, because I know where LinkedIn fits in my business plan now.

How about you? Please, I’d love to hear your thoughts about the little lies we use to make life easier (and or hide). Please, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.


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