Five excuses that keep us from "seizing the moment"

There have been many times in my life when I’ve not “seized the moment.” I’ve always had my reasons, of course. But later, after moments have come and gone, I would wonder whether or not my reasons for missing some opportunities were good enough.

What is it that keeps us from “seizing moments” when they come along?

Hoping to learn that I was not the ONLY person in the world who has struggled with missed opportunities, I asked several friends what kept them from “seizing the moment.” Below are the top 5 excuses….oh…I mean “reasons” they shared with me.

  1. FEAR: Fear of what may happen, fear of failure, fear of change, fear of risk, fear of disapproval…
  2. UNCERTAINTY about a decision – questioning if it’s the best thing to do or not – often makes us afraid to act and so we don’t
  3. PROCRASTINATION:  We put off thinking about “something” only to realize later what should have been done or said
  4. TIME EXCUSES: Our schedule is already too full. There are too many demands on our time.
  5. WE HAVE AN UNWORTHY VIEW OF OURSELVES. A focus on our limitations that determines what we can or can’t do. We don’t believe we have the ability, skills, talent needed.

Do you have different reasons you could add to this list?


Savoring each moment of our lives brings joy and thankfulness for each life moment. Let’s be willing to explore new territories, go places we’ve never been before. Life is fresh, exhilarating and full of limitless possibilities when we live fully and mindfully in the moment. Our comfort zone may be comfortable, but it also offers nothing new. As singer Lee Ann Womack sang, “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”