February’s theme is all about time…
The Myth of Time Management & The Power of Self -Management
This week I invite you to explore the thoughts and beliefs you have about time, how you speak about time and how that impacts your life in all areas!
Make 3 Changes™ Monday Mission #6: Change the way you Think & Speak about Time
How many times a day do you find yourself thinking …
a) I don’t have enough time to do …..
b) I’ve got to hurry up!
c) Oh no, I’m going to be late!
d) All of the above
How many times a day do you find yourself SAYING …
a) I don’t have time to do that.
b) I’m never going to get this done.
c) Hurry up, we’re going to be late!!
d) all of the above
The way you think about and speak about time is having a BIG impact on your experience and others experience of you. Your results and your reputation can take a real hit when these are the repeated thoughts and words you choose to experience time.
Let’s get super conceptual for just a minute. Think of it like a pendulum – I’m going to swing you WAY out there and then you can settle back into something a little more comfortable. Deal? Ok. Here we go.
Time is relative. Time is finite. Time is infinite. Time is what we believe it to be.
There’s 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week. 365 days a year, or 366 in this case – Thanks leap year! Time keeps marching on. Time flies.
“An hour with your beloved feels like a minute; a minute on a hot stove feels like an hour.” Einstein.
One of the most mind-blowing concepts in the book “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks is the concept of Einstein time versus Newtonian time (more of what I outlined above).
“You are where time comes from. Embrace and embody this truth and you can experience a quantum jump in productivity and free time. It works so well it may seem like magic, but it’s based on solid science inspired by Einstein’s physics.” Gay Hendricks, Chapter 6.
The invitation he extends in the book is to make a commitment to a complete abstinence from complaining about time. It’s a move towards accountability and ownership and away from being a victim of time.
Could you observe yourself in a given day to see how much you are actually complaining about time – in thought and in word? Like the experience of fasting can get you thinking differently about food, making a commitment to not complain about time could prove to be an insightful experience, if you allow it.
Transition to new possibilities
What if you began to experience time differently?
What if you could abstain from complaining about time for a day, a week, a month – your life!?!
What if you could begin to see that you are where time comes from?
Mindset: Explore the thoughts you have about time.
Take 5: Make a quick list of all the ways you typically complain about time – in your head and when you speak. Assess the list. Are they serving you? Are they holding you back? Are they impacting those around you? Are they impacting your results?
Mantras: Review the list and highlight any of the ones that resonate with you.
Read them aloud and feel the difference in your body, your heart, your spirit.
• I am fully present for this moment.
• I have all the time I need to do what must be done.
• I am at ease.
• I am curious about how I experience time and am open to new thoughts and beliefs that will serve me.
• I am available.
• I have plenty of time to reach my destination.
• I am where I need to be when I need to be there.
Think about the types of decisions you’ll make when you’re operating under these beliefs and assumptions. That’s the power of mantras. They can help you quickly shift into a better state of mind so you are able to make better decisions and choices.
Take 5 minutes and jot down some mantras that would help you to stay focused on showing up how you WANT to show up.
Make 3 Changes™
Take 5 minutes right now and think about what 3 changes you could make to the way you think about and speak about time that would have the greatest impact in your world.
Make 3 Changes to the way you think and speak about time.
Write them down on an index card, on a post it, put them in your note taking app on your phone… capture them and then take action.
Declare & Share!
Let me know what you came up with and how you did! Check the facebook page this week for additional resources and inspiration to help you think and speak differently about time. Experience how doing so can make a difference in your life, the lives of those you love and the lives of those you lead!
What is Make 3 Changes?
Make 3 Changes™ is a framework designed to help leaders move forward during times of change, challenge and opportunity. For more information about the Make 3 Changes™ framework and how you can use it to navigate changes in your world with more clarity, confidence and commitment, email firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the Make 3 Changes Monday Missions?
These weekly missions are designed to get you thinking differently about various aspects of your life. Each month will feature several missions within a theme, helping you to build awareness, create alignment and take action. It is my hope they provide you with the tools you need to create positive and lasting change in your life, the lives of those you love, those you lead and those you serve. Thanks for being here at the start of it. Always open to feedback about your experience. Let’s have some fun and make some changes!