So often, when we think of making a difference in the world, we feel like we need to do something really big. Then, because we can’t do something big…
Right before I have had my last two babies, I have been really struck with global issues of poverty and environmental care. :/
As you parents and grandparents well know, right before you have a baby is not the best time to start a global campaign to change the world. 🙂
Think Time encourages you to be mindful of what you really want. The first phase—the Dream Phase–guides you to think about things as if there were no obstacles. Then, the Decide Phase helps you sift and sort the ideas to fit your real life.
So, I gave it some think-time.
I accepted that I wanted to make a difference in the world and also acknowledged my real season of life.
Then, ideas came to me of how I could do something aligned with my values–even if smaller.
I didn’t ask myself if I could make a difference or not. That would be either/or thinking—which is “bad” thinking in the world of Think Time. Instead, I asked myself the Think Time purpose question: “What can only I do?“
Here are three solutions that came to mind when I asked this question of myself in seasons that would not fit the “go big or go home” mentality.
Before having my fourth child, I was personally struck with the needs of the poor. When I applied a little think-time and asked what only I could do, I realized…
- I live in one of the most privileged cities in our hemisphere.
- I also realized I have a friend who works with underprivileged expectant women in the poorest country in our hemisphere—Haiti.
- The third thing that came to mind is our shared passion of supporting the bond between moms and babies.
What came of this? My first annual “Haiti Baby Carrier Drive!” Now, I had never done anything like this. However, when I thought about it, all I had to do was make a website page, drop off some boxes in strategic locations, and tell people about it. Then, all I needed to do is collect the baby carriers and ship them to my friend.
She was already doing the educational work with the young moms. Voila! A Think Time Solution!
Guess what happened! I didn’t save the world. (That is Someone else’s job.) However, my friend later told me that there were four preemies born at just the time the carriers arrived. The midwives believed that these carriers given by generous moms in Dallas may have helped save their lives. I am so glad I gave some think-time to what was on my heart and didn’t think that because I had a full plate, I couldn’t do anything.
#2 The Environment.
As I write this blog, I have eight weeks until baby number five is due. This time, however, I am struck with the enormity of global environmental issues. (Rumor has it that frogs may be getting hurt due to chemicals we are putting into the ground. My kids and I don’t like that.)
Well, I cannot do everything. However, maybe I can do one thing. So I asked myself, “What can only I do?”
And is there anything small I can do?
Here’s what came to mind. I have a couple friends who sell chemical free products. One sells cleaning cloths that allow you to clean your house without chemicals. Another sells chemical free make up. So, I thought, “Why don’t I host a party?” I love parties. They will do all the work. I will have all the fun. A small difference could be made. Voilà. A think-time solution.
#3 Think Time.
The fact that you were reading this blog right now is a result of this same process.
Throughout my life, I’ve been passionate about helping people to move beyond perceived obstacles toward their dreams and their unique purpose.
So, I looked at what I had. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have had experience working with people as a therapist with brain injured patients. I have over a decade of leadership training. I have graduate level training in creative thinking.
But. I also have young children.
So, I did not create a coaching business that would take me all over the world during this season.
I recognized my desire to be very present with my husband and kids during this unique season of having young children.
I still wanted to help people.
So, I created a product that would help people in the same way I would help them if I was sitting across the room from them or teaching from a platform.
Voila! A Think Time solution!
What is it that you really want to do but tend to think you cannot accomplish because of your season of life?
Is there a reduced vision of this dream that you can move toward?
Is there something that only you can do in this field that no one else can?
Give it some think-time and see what surfaces!
Get clarity on what you really want. Reduce it to fit your season of life.
You may be surprised at the difference one person really can make–even when life is busy, distracting, and demanding!
p.s. Have you ever wanted to have a life-coach, but didn’t know where to start? A little think-time can change your life.