October 20, 2006

Embracing Time
Time – A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.

Wow! What an interesting use of words to describe time – nonspatial and apparently irreversible. It's not a coincidence that this month's topic is about time. I set a goal to complete my audio book by Christmas, and am now challenged with how to spend my time. I'm thinking, What needs to happen for this to get done?

What's our fascination with time? Why is it that time flies when we're having fun, and seems to stand still when we're doing something we don't enjoy? It might be the same amount of time, but our perception of that time is quite different. How do you describe time or what is your concept of time? More importantly, how much do you value your time?
  • Are you a prisoner of time?
  • Is there enough time to do what you want to do?
  • Do you watch the clock?
  • Is your time treasured or squandered?
  • Do you feel that time passes you by?
  • Are you living in the past, present or future – time?
  • Do you sometimes feel as though time stops?
  • How often do you say, I'll take the time later?
Lately, I've noticed that I really value my quiet time. To me, that time is sublime. It's when I can be in the moment, and not be distracted by the radio or TV. During this time, I am more aware of my physical being and relaxed. I also value the time I spend walking or exercising – taking care of myself physically. Making time for me supports me to be at my best in my daily life. Mostly, I value my writing time – a time when I can express myself fully and intently.

In Success One Day at a Time, John C. Maxwell wrote, Stop what you're doing long enough to grow. How do you spend your time? Do you stop long enough to grow? What time do you value? What are your time wasters? Imagine a life that is free of the burdens of time – a life that embraces time! Here's how.

  • Surrender past events and focus on the present
    It's true that you can't change the past, only your perception of it, and how it affects your life. Learn from the past and let it go. For example, set realistics goals for that day, and do your best to complete them. In the process, acknowledge your accomplishments, and recognize what could be done better. You are now focusing on the present, what's next and able to move forward.
  • Recapture time spend on poor habits
    Poor habits eat up valuable time. Let's do some math. What if you were able to save 5 minutes a day by streamlining your morning routine. What if you save 10 minutes a day by avoiding things that distract you from starting your day. What if you were able to save 15 minutes by making your coffee at home instead of stopping by the local coffee shop, or save 30 minutes a day by watching less TV. That's an additional 250 hours of time per year! By being efficient with your time, and letting go of some poor habits, you gain more than six, forty-hour work weeks.
  • Grasp the concept of having enough time
    Einstein was not afraid of time; he worked on a problem until he was satisfied. Let your positive attitude about having enough time, along with patience, drive and determination advance you and your life purpose, just as Einstein did.
  • Reshape your view of time
    When you're pressed for time, just imagine that you're stretching the time you have. Instead of saying, I'll never get this done in 6 hours!, you call on the time stretcher, and then you might hear yourself say, I'm getting so much done, I'll have plenty of time to finish the project! Just as you would call on the time shrinker to help you compress a block of time that seems to drag on. Let's say, you're waiting in line, and you call on the time shrinker. Before you know it, you're talking with the person in front of you, and 10 minutes has gone by. Give it a try.
  • Create quiet time
    Take a few moments to reflect on the day. Minimize noise and other distractions, and sit or lie down. Take a few deep breaths and stretch. Allow yourself to let go of the tension, and give thanks for what you are grateful for at that moment. By doing this, you step out of the busyness of the day, reconnect with your body, and naturally become more appreciative.
  • Realign your time with your values
    Determine what you value most in your life, and how much time you spend on each item. If you value things that accelerate your life purpose or help build better relationships with family and friends, realign your time spent on those things. If you tend to let chronic time wasters (poor habits, laziness, procrastination, distractions, lack of preparation, impatience) prevent you from doing what you value most, take action to alter your behavior. Use your time to do what you've always wanted to do without making excuses or sabotaging your success.
We all have the same amount of time each day, it's what we do with our time that makes the difference. Give life your best. Stop what you're doing, let go of the past, and focus on the now. Use time to sculpt your life – for personal growth, to unleash your creativity, and to help others. Be not afraid of time, be grateful for it. Stretch it, shrink it, realign it, create it, grasp it, reshape it, recapture it, value it – embrace it!

Belen Carmichael, NLC
Life Coach

Sucess One Day at a Time by John C. Maxwell
Prosperty Pie: How to Relax about Money and Everything Else by SARK

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