“Mommy, hold me!”

“Mommy, hold me!”

If you are a parent like I am, you have heard this urgent plea from your baby or toddler.

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When they get a little bit older, it becomes “Watch me!”

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Then, they become a little bit more sophisticated and ask, “Did you see that!?!?” with excitement in their eyes.

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Our attention and our affirmation and our affection build deep feelings of worth into our children that last a lifetime (even on a neurological level).

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Whether you stay at home, work at home, or work outside the home, you know like I do that there are many things fighting against these precious and irreplaceable moments of connection.

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The amount of distractions we face feel insurmountable in this current Information Age.

ShoppingWe all feel it.

We’ve all talked about it with our friends and colleagues.

It.

Is.

So.

Hard.

Focusing on what matters most is truly at a premium.

 

Focusing on what matters most is truly at a premium.

 

Keith and I have been setting aside regular time to identify and focus on what matters most for about two years using the tools of Think Time.  During this time, the pressures have not subsided–in fact, they have dramatically increased!

However, we do feel like we are making great headway in planning for and creating special routines that allow for regular, unhurried and focused attention with our kids…even during busy seasons!

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If your life is anything like ours, then you know this is a major win.

It’s been a journey of trial and error for us, but we feel like we are getting there.  Slowly but surely, these precious moments are increasingly a part of our lives.

The pressures haven’t changed, but our actions have!

And this has made all the difference.

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Our attention and our affirmation and our affection build deep feelings of worth into our children.

There are many things fighting against precious and irreplaceable moments of connection.

Set aside regular time to identify and focus on what matters most.

Plan for and create special routines that allow for regular, unhurried and focused attention.

Make headway–even in busy seasons!

It.  Is.  So.  Hard.

Focusing on what matters most is truly at a premium.

The pressures haven’t changed, but our actions have!

Taking action has made all the difference.

 

Please tell me, if you could do anything, what would you do first with your kids?

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Christine Wilson, LPC

Co-Founder of Think Time

 

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Can One Person Really Make a Difference?

Can one person really make a difference?  Let me tell you a story about one man who noticed something important and took action.

Thomas Dodson stood in the checkout line at a grocery store.  He noticed that his daughters, 6 and 8 at the time, could not stop looking at the pictures on the covers of the magazines.  He kept looking at them.  They kept looking at the magazines.

Dodson knew that he was about to walk out of the store, and the kid-level images would be gone in a moment.  But, what if they had constant access to the Internet?

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Dodson remembered the first time he logged onto the Internet—at 20 years of age.  “At twenty, I had life experience…young people these days don’t have the luxury of life experience.”  Today’s teens and tweens face cyber-bullying, sexting, and more.

In a recent survey of teens, Dodson discovered that—even with the amazing pressures of Snapchat, Tumblr, and Instagram—only 15% of teens talk to their parents about their online lives!

To change this, Dodson co-founded Above the Fray to address the numerous issues young people face online.  “Our goal is to educate parents and teachers about what life is really like online for young people, and to give adults the tools they need to begin meaningful dialogues at home and at school.”

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With real data from targeted focus groups, Above the Fray offers tangible solutions to real life issues  “that will help keep children safe.”

Above the Fray is meeting a need that didn’t exist a few years ago.

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By creative thinking, awareness to the needs around him, and staying true to his purpose, Dodson was able to recognize a need and meet it.

Now when parents wonder how to empower their children to be safe online, there are downloads, presentations, and consultations ready and available on Above the Fray’s website and Facebook Page.  There is a place to go!

 

What about you?

What are you noticing?

What change in the world is on your heart?

 

Bring your dream into reality today.

Live your irreplaceable story.

We believe in your dreams.

 

Blog Highlights:

Can one person really make a difference? @thinktimetweets

Only 15% of teens talk to their parents about their online lives! @beabovethefray

What are you noticing? @thinktimetweets

What change in the world is on your heart?  @thinktimetweets

Bring your dream into reality.  @thinktimetweets

Think creatively, be aware of the needs around you, and stay true to your purpose.  @thinktimetweets

Today’s teens and tweens face cyber-bullying, sexting, and more. @beabovethefray

Empower your children to be safe online. @beabovethefray

What need will you meet that didn’t exist a few years ago? @thinktimetweets

 

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Christine Wilson

Co-founder, Think Time

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Think Time Life Leadership System

We believe in your dreams.

Shop Purpose Planners and more at think-time.com.

How to Live From the Inside Out: Four Simple Tweaks

So often, when we make our daily plans, we think from the outside-in, not the inside-out.

 

We think of what we “have” to do.

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We allow other people’s priorities to become our plans.

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We bounce from activity to activity—exhausted but not really accomplishing much.

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How can we reverse this?

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How can we live from the inside out?

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How can we live a life full of what we truly want to do?

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How can we live a life that is full of our own priorities—driven by a deep sense of purpose?

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The answer may surprise you!

 

Are you ready?

 

Can you handle the truth?

You can’t handle the truth.

“I can handle the truth!!” you say?

 

Okay, here it is.

 

Use your whole brain to plan your whole life.

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That’s it.

It’s that simple.

It’s that revolutionary.

For decades we have been literally using half of our brain to make our plans.  Starting with convergent, left-brain thinking, we incessantly begin with the plan rather than the dream.

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Think Time’s Life Leadership system is structured to reverse this.

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Here’s why:

Everything you have ever experienced—real or imagined—is stored deep within your brain.  Over time, you have developed ways of making decisions, and you have formed compelling images of what you really want.

That means, when you are desiring to discover your life’s purpose, you must get in touch with these deep parts of your brain.  And, when you want to discover how to get unstuck from lifelong habits and hangups—you guessed it—many of the answers lie hidden deep within your brain.

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There’s a catch.

This deep part of your brain is literally not accessible through words.

That’s right.

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Words are a left-brained thing, and the left-brain is not connected to the whole brain like the right brain is.

The right-brain is more thoroughly connected to the deeper parts of the brain.  So, to get in touch with these deep parts of the brain, we need to somehow engage the right brain.

How can we engage the right brain?

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I am glad you asked!  Following are four steps to engage the right brain.  Doing these simple things will help you gain access to what you really want and allow you to get unstuck as you move toward what matters most.

1.  Think big picture.  The right brain is all about thinking big picture.  Ask yourself what wild success looks like.  Literally “see” into the future through visualizing the best case scenario.

2.  Draw.  Draw a picture what you have envisioned.  Yes. Really. Draw! Stick figures are welcomed!  Images move us.

3.  Use all five senses.  Create clarity around your goals by visualizing further using all of your five senses.

4.  Add color.  Color creates clarity around our images and helps to engage the right brain even more.

Once you have engaged your right brain and allowed yourself to “dream big,” you can then move toward engaging your left brain in making strategic plans, evaluating the parts, and communicating in words.

These simple tweaks to your life planning will prove transformative to living from the inside out—not the outside in.

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Don’t live another day with regret!

Use your whole brain to live your whole life.

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Christine Wilson

Think Time Co-Founder

 Blog Highlights:

We think of what we “have” to do.  @thinktimetweets

We allow other people’s priorities to become our plans.  @thinktimetweets

We bounce from activity to activity—exhausted but not really accomplishing much.  @thinktimetweets

How can we live from the inside out?  @thinktimetweets

How can we live a life full of what we truly want to do?  @thinktimetweets

How can we live a life that is full of our own priorities—driven by a deep sense of purpose?  @thinktimetweets

For decades we have been literally using half of our brain to make our plans.  @thinktimetweets

Begin with the dream.  @thinktimetweets

Engaging the right brain will help you discover what you really want.  @thinktimetweets

Engaging the right brain will allow you to get unstuck as you move toward what matters most.  @thinktimetweets

Don’t live another day with regret.  @thinktimetweets

Use your whole brain to live your whole life.  @thinktimetweets

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Think Time Life Leadership System

Use your whole brain to plan your whole life.

Visit us at think-time.com.

Maximize your thinking, uncover what matters most, and drive sustainable life change and results by using your whole brain to plan (and live) your whole life with Think Time’s Dream, Decide, Do, and Review Process.  Shop our Purpose Planners and more at think-time.com.