I have a bad habit. I sometimes act like time is running out. Like I can’t ever beat the clock. This is a recipe for stress and anxiety. I think I’ve been this way ever since I was a kid. My wife does a good job of helping me remember to just do my best with the time I have, and not worry about the future. This is wise, Biblical advice for sure. And there are so many good health benefits that result.
But time is always moving forward. And if you feel pressed for time, you might not get that workout in, write that book, finish that painting, or move toward success in those areas of life you would like to. That pressure of time might also keep you from achieving a quality workout or from creating a product with the most quality that you can. So how does one balance these two realities? I’ll discuss 3 mindsets that will help you get the most out of your time, and allow you to feel peaceful as a result.
First, let’s talk about the mindset of age. Aging is something people fear. It brings stress. It keeps you from doing things you might otherwise do. Maybe you feel too young to do something. Maybe you feel too old to do something. In reality, the only thing that matters is what value you provide to the earth with the time you have upon it. A bad relationship with the concept of age can easily lead to the pitfall of procrastination! Don’t fall in!
Do you have a goal? Do you have a vision? If it exists in your mind, there’s absolutely no reason it shouldn’t come into existence. The people at my gym inspire me every single day. It doesn’t matter if they’re young or old, or in the shape the world calls “fit.” They’re there, determined to build what they envision. Your goal, your vision might be a physiological one…learning to do a skill or create a transformation. Or it might be physical in terms of building a business or a family.
So go do it.
If the vision exists in your mind, and you still have a body that’s not in the ground, little reason exists for not taking the first step, and then the next, and then next, to bring that idea into reality. History is full of men and women who were less than abled by many invented standards. Heck even Moses had a speech disorder. And history is full of folks the contemporary world said should have retired, but they just began. I hear people all the time in their 40s or 50s who are retiring…retiring? Quitting? That’s when wisdom just starts kicking in. Speaking of Moses, he didn’t even start his work until well after what people call retirement age! If it takes 10 years to master a discipline, then if you’re 50, you can master 5 more! And if it takes 2 years to build a successful business, then you can launch 25 more! If you’re young, that doesn’t mean to procrastinate till you’ve gained wisdom, because experience is wisdom, and experience will provide more wisdom than all your years spent in school combined. That means get out there and start building, creating, and growing. Make those transformations happen, your own physical transformations, that will transform the world.
Second, let’s talk about efficiency and systems. One of the best ways to make the most valuable use of your time and remain peaceful is to develop systems. And then be faithful to those systems until you get sick of them or bored with them, and then develop new ones. Some people call this a “routine.” But there are mini-routines that make up the daily routine. The most successful people use systems. The ancients had systems. Steve Jobs is known for his routines, his systems, even the same attire he wore, which might have been a little extreme. But build systems for yourself: how you make your bed, how workout, how you cook for the week. Put systems into place that you are proud of creating and then implement them to help you make even better worth throughout the day as well as provide an increase of time.
Third, let’s talk about relationships, both in person and online. You have to start being discerning about those with whom you spend your time. Is either person *really* gaining anything by that log conversation, that endless debate, or that droning of gossip? Perhaps that long argument was necessary to create a stronger relationship. But perhaps that meetup, hangout, or phone call did absolutely nothing to move you or the other person toward yalls goals. And accomplishing those goals, perhaps they are fitness goals, family goals, or financial goals, will even make those other relationships better! Perhaps achieving those goals will elevate those relationships because of the newness of information, success, and creativity that will be now part of those relationships!
When it’s all said and done, you have to ask yourself, “Am I doing it? Am I REALLY doing it?” And then start taking those steps to do the best with the time you have been given.
If you’re part of one of our Academies at Pacific Rim Athletics, you’ll see that I implement systems to help our athletes progress efficiently. I use systems to help our coaches excel at their craft of teaching and training. And I use systems to help both our athletes and coaches turn their skills into valuable entrepreneurial assets. If you’d like to be part of that, and go through a system that I see proven every day, visit our gym in Alaska or hop into one of our online Academies at www.PacificRimAthletics.com if you haven’t already! If you’re already enrolled in the course, head over to the Video Lab and Private Group to stay engaged.
I look forward to training with you!
Coach Lee 😊