What ONE thing would you really like to do or create in your life? The key to generating more of anything in life and business is letting go of something else. When you let go, you make room for the new to enter, it’s the law of circulation.
Are you letting go of what would be better to hold on to and are you holding on to what would be better to let go? If you’re like most people, and I suspect you are, you probably hold on to ego, grudge, resentment, being right, perfectionism and bad habits. Then find yourself all too easily letting go of self-discipline, belief in self, love, forgiveness, commitment and persistence.
One of the areas greatly impacted by the crossfire of what to hold on to and what to let go is time. Many people claim to want more time. Yet how well do you manage your use of time now? Time is an intangible. We are unable to actually generate more time itself; however we certainly can create the impact of gaining time by the choices we make.
My coaching clients are entrepreneurs and educated professionals who wear multiple hats, handle multiple demands daily, and are responsible for a multitude of deadlines in a variety of facets in their professional realm. Sound familiar? In addition, they juggle balancing the same challenges as everyone else does in their personal lives – themselves, relationships, families, finances, fun and any problem that shows up in their lives. Yes, we all have problems. What differs is how we respond and deal with them. Their specific issues and goals at the onset of coaching may vary, however, one variable they all have in common at the start is a desire for more time.
Joe (arbitrarily named for confidentiality) for example, is a co-owner of an organization that is growing by leaps and bounds. The list of procrastination items in his personal life was growing rapidly too. Like most people, though unintentionally, he had been working the process backwards. In other words, his focus was on how he could somehow alter everything around him. As a result of our working together he developed the abilities to make the necessary changes within – perspective, language usage, prioritization, taking charge of his emotions and how he responds to people, places and events – in order to modify his outer world. His productivity has improved twenty to thirty percent. What would a twenty to thirty percent productivity increase do for your life or business?
Improving productivity in his case began with tending to what was important to him personally and creating a better sense of balance. What he quickly learned was what originally took more time (coaching to unlearn and relearn habits) that he seemed to be without, actually propelled him forward to ultimately gain time, money and energy. Of course hard work is required. Stop and consider though how much work it is working ineffectively or strained because you are without the skill sets to function otherwise.
Some Common Time Wasters . . .
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Paying attention to what other people are doing
How many can you relate to? Rate yourself on a scale of zero to ten for the amount of time you consume in each realm on a daily or weekly basis. To get an accurate assessment measure the time dedicated to each. The word dedicated may strike you as odd yet the reality is wherever and however we use our time (and other resources) is an expression of our dedication. And what we dedicate ourselves to determines our success.
Everyone has moments of wasting time. Certainly one must evaluate how much time is wasted and the bigger emphasis is on are you getting the results you want – yes or no? No means stop the excuses, the “ifs, ands, or buts” and do something about it! The problem is people stay stuck in the same vicious cycle of repeating the behavior of what they know and therefore, getting the same results. To get new results requires a change in the pattern. What if you stopped the merry-go-round and reached for the support you desperately say you want?
What if you consciously decided to make an adjustment to what you let go of and what you hold on to? Imagine, focusing on improving one or more of your scores by one point. How would your life be different? What are you waiting for?
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