“If you say you never could do that, you certainly never will. But every one of those obligations is a choice. Getting up in the morning is a choice. Taking your kids to that game, going to work. You face hundreds of choices every day, and you just keep saying yes, yes, yes to them. And that's great, and that's what gets you through the day and gets you success. But there's also the choice to sometimes say, I don’t want to do that, I don’t want to work every day of my life.”
That’s from Kirk Horstead of BreakAway, who has taken four sabbaticals in the last 20 years. He was talking about how to take a career break — I interviewed him for my next book — but his answer struck me because it can be applied to anything. Whether you want to write a book, start your own business, have a family or take some other leap, this applies to you.
Whenever you find yourself putting off those dreams, whenever you hear “but I have to” slipping out of your own mouth, remember: most of your obligations are actually choices.