The simple act of paying attention to what matters most will keep you from burning your time. (click here for part 1 of this series)
Everyone has time. Few people are moving purposefully with their time. Those are the people whose time is influenced by inspiration. The reality is that there are only two ways to influence what you do with your time: you can manipulate yourself or inspire yourself.
For the person who lives in the space of manipulation, you most likely achieve results through guilt, shame, and fear. I’m not saying you don’t achieve results. I’m just saying that you probably have to guilt yourself to go to church, shame yourself to lose weight, and make decisions based on what others might think of them (fear). There is a problem with self-manipulation, though. Instead of influencing your time with what inspires you, your time influences your inspiration. And, let me guess… you never have time to be inspired.
For the person who lives in the space of inspiration, you most likely achieve results through relationships, experience, and innovation. You have close friends (2-4) whom you share real life (not WiFi life) together. These are transparent relationships that bring intimacy, openness, and impact in your life. You experience life with a diverse group of people (4-12) that challenges you to grow beyond your limits. These are personal relationships that bring a safety net to life to help you dream, risk, and grow. You participate in large groups (20-70) where you innovate and influence your social context. These social relationships place you in the kind of community that gives back to society, usually through activism, volunteerism, and giving.
People who influence their time through inspiration don’t allow time to burn, because they know what matters to them. Time is a precious tool that helps them achieve the most important things in life. Remember: The simple act of paying attention to what matters most will keep you from burning your time.
So, how do you figure out what matters most to you so you don’t burn time?
Here is your first exercise: Schedule time to get away for a few hours (4-6) to become inspired. This doesn’t include drive time, so if you’re planning to head to the mountains (and I highly recommend that), you’ll need to plan for that as well. This is your first step in moving purposefully with your time, so make it amazing.
In the next blog I will walk you through the steps to help you plan out that day to discover what matters most.
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