Are You Enjoying Yourself?

Part of the Think Time process involves including things in our life that we enjoy. 

At Think Time, we don’t only plan for things we have to do, but we also plan for things that will build us up and refuel us.

What are some things that you enjoy?

Are you remembering to include them as you move into your week?

The best way to do this is with your Think Time Planner.

Use the “to be“ cloud to brainstorm the ways you want to refuel this week.

 

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What’s The Big Idea? On Thinking About Our Thinking.

It’s been a great week for me.  I have been doing some mini trainings here in Dallas as well as virtually with some online groups online.  It has been refreshing for me to think “big picture” about our message and distill it into simplicity for those who have never heard about Think Time.

What are some of our big picture thoughts?  Let’s start with a quote from Uncle Al!

“We cannot solve our problems with the same THINKING we used when we created them.”  — Albert Einstein

Take a moment and write or draw some of the successes you are experiencing and some of the problems you are facing in your life.

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Some things are going well, and other things are not.  In the areas in which we are struggling or stuck, we need to develop new ways to think about things.  Then, we can get unstuck.

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Psychologist Henry Cloud notes that 90% of the thoughts we have today are the same thoughts we had yesterday.

While this has worked well for us in many areas in life, there are areas in life in which our old habits are no longer serving us.  Instead, they are actually hindering us.  When we rise above our thoughts and think about our thinking, new neural pathways begin to form and we can begin to get unstuck.

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This is the heart of what we are doing at Think Time.  We are practicing healthy thinking over and over again…sort of “trying on” the thinking patterns of top performers and wise people.  The more we practice these thinking patterns, over and over again, the stronger these new neural pathways will grow, and we can begin to get unstuck.

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Co-Founder, Think Time

 

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On Life Balance: Protect Your Health (3/6)

If you follow my blog, you are likely a person with great ambitions and larger-than-life dreams.  You want to express your unique purpose in a way that serves others and builds into something greater than yourself.

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Many people with larger than life aspirations–and frankly, big hearts–become surprised at a hidden enemy that works against their goals.

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This enemy’s name is “Burnout.”

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Think Time Purpose Planners prompt you to proactively consider what you can do to prevent a physical, mental, spiritual, relational or leadership crises.  
On a regular basis, you will place into your routines high-impact activities that build into your mind, your health, and your relationships, so you don’t have to worry about an unexpected hijack of your days and your dreams due to burnout.

 

 

Last week, I shared the story of Tommy Nelson’s unexpected plunge into depression.

“I was at the top of my game,” he shared.

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Tommy found himself face to face with a mental health crisis because he neglected rest and life balance over an extended period of time.

He pushed himself too hard pursuing grand goals.

“I didn’t know you could burn out doing something you loved.”

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This week, I will share the story of an equally ambitious businessman–Michael Hyatt.

Michael Hyatt was on business in New York when he experienced a health crisis that changed his life.

At the end of dinner, Michael felt deep chest pains.  He said it felt like the room was closing in on him.  After 5-10 minutes, which felt like forever, he embarrassingly shared with his colleague, “I think I am having a heart attack.”

His friend immediately took charge, called a cab, and got him to the nearest hospital.

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After running a series of tests, the physicians told him that he did not have heart trouble, but they monitored him overnight.  He continued to not show signs of heart problems, so they released him with the recommendation that he check in with his cardiologist when he returned to Nashville.

Well, Michael was back in the hospital twice over the course of the next year.  He even checked with a counselor to see if he was having stress-induced panic attacks (which can mimic the feelings of heart attacks.)

Finally, he saw a renowned cardiologist in his area who had saved the lives of professional associates he knew.  This cardiologist told Michael, “about 30% of my patients who think they are having heart problems have an acid reflux problem. The symptoms are very similar. Fortunately, it is easy to treat.”

He then warned, “Stress is also something you need to address, primarily through rest and exercise. If you don’t make this a priority, you could be back in here with a real heart problem.

Michael realized that over time because of the demands of work, he had let his health slide.  “I wasn’t working out regularly, resting as much as I should, or eating very well. But suddenly, I was motivated!” Michael said.

Michael made his first “life plan” after this experience.  He felt that he was suddenly looking at the end of his life, and it changed his point of view.  He has since released a book Living Forward that helps people walk through a process of evaluating their life-long goals–creating concrete steps in each area of life.

His brush with what he thought could have been the end of his life refocused the rest of his life, and now he serves others with a new message.  “Never sacrifice sleep for work,” he shared on a recent Lead to Win podcast.

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It is wonderful to be a person of high aspirations.  It is just very helpful to also know that you may, if you are not intentional, also be a person at risk for burnout.

Even though our dreams are larger than life, we are not.  We still live within bodies that have limited capabilities.  If we try to cheat our limits, we will find out that they are in fact that–limits.

We must honor our bodies and accept their limitations if we are going to thrive for the long haul, and a way we so this is by proactively protecting our health.

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To learn more about how you can proactively protecting your health as part of your regular planning, go to think-time.com, order a Purpose Planner, and enjoy our Free Online Coaching in the Think Time 3DR Life Leadership Process.

How are you protecting your health?  What are you doing well?  What could you do better?

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Christine M. Wilson, LPC
Co-Founder, Think Time

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Find out how Think Time can help you achieve your goals while improving your life balance at think-time.com.

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Tweetable Highlights:
Are you a person with great ambitions and larger-than-life dreams? Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Do you want to express your unique purpose in a way that serves others and builds into something greater than yourself? Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Many people with larger than life aspirations are surprised at a hidden enemy that works against their goals. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
How are you protecting your health?  What are you doing well?  What could you do better? Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
To learn more about how you can proactively protecting your health go to think-time.com. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Order a Purpose Planner and enjoy our Free Online Coaching in the Think Time 3DR Life Leadership Process. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Even though our dreams are larger than life, we are not.  Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
We live within bodies that have limited capabilities.  Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
If we try to cheat our limits, we will find out that they are in fact that–limits. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Make addressing stress a priority. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz
Build rest and exercise into your routines. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

We must honor our bodies and accept their limitations if we are going to thrive for the long haul. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Protect your health to thrive in the long haul. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

 

 

On Life Balance: Protect Your Health (2/6)

One thing we can never delegate to anyone else is protecting our health.

Only we can control what we eat, when we go to bed, and how much we exercise.

The necessity of protecting our health is just about as much of a scientific “law” as gravity.  Sure there are variables, but the big picture is–ignore your body’s need for health and it will break down.

Rather than repeat what other writers have eloquently stated regarding eating better foods, sleeping adequately, and exercising well, I am going to share with you two stories in the next two blogs.

Two thought leaders I really respect have stories of seasons in their lives in which they thought they could cheat the “law of health.”  These seasons of their lives became pivotal points of change and dramatically altered the rest of their live’s timelines–their mission and their audience

I will tell you the first story today.

It is of a pastor– Tommy Nelson.

Tommy graduated from my alma mater and spoke on his experience when I was a student.  He is a globally known pastor and teacher.  Among other things, he is known for his series on the Song of Solomon, leading a top notch mentorship program, and a definitive country accent.  Extremely driven and disciplined, for years, he kept an incredibly rigorous schedule.

…until he got “hijacked” by something.

He had no idea what it was.

Before he experienced it, he didn’t know it existed.

After going through “it,” however, he discovered that theologians Charles Spurgeon and Martin Luther, scientist Sir Isaac Newton and many other world-shakers had experienced the same thing.  A recent Newsweek article stated that half of the fortune 500 CEOs had had it.  Next, 80+ billion dollars was lost in one year due to lost wages and time off of work because of it.

He described “it” as a “joyless, agoraphobic black hole… a hopeless, despairing spiral.    It is scary.  It is lonely.”

Tommy had pain all over his body.  He found himself unable to think.  He was on a fetal position on the floor.  He went to the hospital twice but was told his health was perfect.

“I couldn’t sleep from May until November.”

He expected it to go away, but instead over months it only escalated.

Though initially resistant, he finally sought help with a counselor and a psychiatrist.  The psychiatrist told him that he was “a garden variety of depression and anxiety that comes from hyper-stress over years.  Finally, your body says, ‘That’s all.'”

His psychiatrist educated him about the neurotransmitter Serotonin.  “Serotonin allows your central nervous system to function.”  Stress depletes Serotonin.  Continued stress will eliminate it.  “It’s like an engine that doesn’t have oil.  The phenomena is called, ‘depression’ or the flip side is ‘acute anxiety.'”

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Tommy shared, “I didn’t know you could get totally burned out doing something you loved.”

He kept an insane schedule every day of the week writing books, counseling, mentoring, and speaking all over the country.

“I was at the top of my game.”

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The doctor told him he would need to deal with his schedule.  He also started him on medicines called SSRIs that prevented the reuptake of Serotonin so his body would not continue to deplete its supply.

Tommy also saw a counselor who “had been there.”  He said the counselor could help “talk him down because he understood.”

After about a month of the medicine, Tommy said, “Something lifted.”  A month later, he experienced “feeling good” again.  The next month, he began preaching again.

“You don’t feel different.  You feel like you.”

I had to cut out about 60% of my schedule, but the happiness came back.

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“What did I learn from this?”

“I learned to rest.”

“I learned that you can get completely burned out doing what you love.”

“I learned that we can’t take anything for granted.  You can get screwed up really quick.”

“Finally, I learned empathy.  So many people have gone or are going through this.  I had pastored the church since 1977 and people in my congregation came out of the woodwork.  They described the same ‘fetal position on the floor’ experience I had had.”

 

What did Tommy want people in the helping professions like the pastors and counselors in our school to learn?

#1 “Rest.”

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#2 Be aware of your culture.  “Our culture produces stress like sweets produce decay.”

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#3 Be aware of yourself. “Quite often people fall into this out of feelings of great responsibility.”

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Tommy also shared that he wanted people to not be resistant to taking medicine.  “Our mind is not a given.  It is not this separate entity.  Our mind is affected by a lot of things.”

Years later, Tommy later shared with his congregation that he was still unable to get off of his medicine.  He felt like this would be something that he may need to deal with for the rest of his life.

At times, a prolonged season of stress–this can stem from unresolved grief, doing too much of what we love, emotional stress, or simply always being over-busy–can impact the rest of our entire lives.

Tommy’s counselor shared with him that many of the people who go through a depression like he experienced also go through a divorce during that time.  “When they said ‘for better or for worse,’ they weren’t thinking this.”

Tommy expressed thankfulness that his wife stuck with him through the entire experience.  (Maybe it had something to do with all of his decades of work in applying what he taught on Romance from the Song of Solomon.)  ; )

What are your thoughts?  Is it a new idea to think that too much of a good thing could bring such a dramatic health crisis to your life?  Have you walked through this with a loved one?  Please comment and share.

Next time, I’ll share a story about how pushing too hard led to a physical health crisis and what one man did about it.

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Christine M. Wilson, LPC
Co-Founder, Think Time

Tweetable  Blog Highlights

One thing we can never delegate to anyone else is protecting our health. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Only we can control what we eat, when we go to bed, and how much we exercise. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

The necessity of protecting our health is just about as much of a scientific “law” as gravity. Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

“I didn’t know you could get totally burned out doing something you loved.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible

[I was not expecting this.] “I was at the top of my game.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

“Our mind is affected by a lot of things.”  –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Stress depletes Serotonin.  Continued stress will eliminate it.  Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

“Rest.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible Read more: http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

Be aware of your culture.  “Our culture produces stress like sweets produce decay.” –Tommy Nelson @dentonbible

Be aware of yourself. “Quite often people fall into this out of feelings of great responsibility.” –Tommy Nelson  @dentonbible

At times, a prolonged season of stress can impact the rest of our entire lives. – Christine Wilson @taketimetothinktime http://ow.ly/B3Wd30jHunz

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We have a serious problem.  We are losing valuable time.  We have created an innovative process that helps people to dream big, get more time for what matters most, and become who they want to be.

Find out how Think Time can help you achieve your goals while improving your life balance at think-time.com.

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Just Start the Conversation

Have you run into a friend and heard yourself say, “Hey, we should get together sometime!”
You run into them a year later.  “Yah, we should do that sometime.”
Years pass, and you know you would love to get to know them better, but you never do anything.
And more years pass.
It could be family.  It could be friends.  It could be like-minded side-hustlers or colleagues.
You just feel a connection and want to hang out.
The next time you sense this pull to connect, recognize that you were designed to live life in connection with others.
One of my favorite authors Dr. Henry Cloud, says “Our brain runs on three things: oxygen, glucose, and relationships.”
Our biology screams for connection, and we literally break down when we fail to honor this important facet of ourselves.
Here’s my suggestion: The next time you run into someone that you want to hang out with, just start the conversation.
“Hey, I’d love to get together sometime.  What days/times work for you?”
And, then, (if they also think it is a good idea) put something on the calendar–right then, if you can.
You can always move it later, but putting things that are important to you on the calendar is part of living your purpose.
Don’t go years without building relationships and seeing people you love.
 
Just start the conversation.
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Co-Founder, Think Time
“You were designed to live life in connection with others.”  – Christine Wilson @thinktimetweets
Years pass…but you never see them.
Just start the conversation.
“Our brain runs on three things: oxygen, glucose, and relationships.” -Henry Cloud @drhenrycloud
“Hey, I’d love to get together sometime.  What days/times work for you?”
Putting things that are important to you on the calendar is part of living your purpose.

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Your Spiritual Life: Life’s Ultimate Questions

According to a recent Gallup pole, an overwhelming majority (85%) of people in the United States identify themselves as having a particular religious preference.

Whether we believe or do not believe, many of us would do well to evaluate the fundamentals of why we do or do not.

Have we absorbed the ideas of those around us or have we truly gone deep to make our beliefs our own?

When you see the “spiritual” Concept Cloud in your Think Zones, in addition to brainstorming ways to incorporate your spiritual life into your plans, consider taking time to think-time some of life’s ultimate questions.

 

Following is a hodgepodge of a few questions to get you started.

Who am I?

Why am I here?

What is the meaning of life?

What happens after death?

If  God really does exist, what does that mean for me?

 

It might take any one of us a lifetime to pursue these questions.

Have fun going deep as you #taketimetothinktime, and let us know how it goes.

Christine Wilson, LPC

Co-founder, Think Time

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1. Newport F. Religious Identity: States Differ Widely. Available at http://www.gallup.com/poll/122075/Religious-Identity-States-Differ-Widely.aspx. Last accessed March 18, 2015.

 

2. Newport F. Estimating Americans’ Worship Behavior. Available at http://www.gallup.com/poll/20701/Estimating-Americans-Worship-Behavior.aspx. Last accessed March 18, 2015.

 

3. Kosmin BA, Keysar A. American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS 2008): Summary Report. Hartford, CT: Trinity College; 2009.

How Do You Want to be Remembered?

Keith and Christine Wilson Welcome YOU!

How do you want to be remembered?

By your kids.

By your family members.

By your team members at work.

By the customers you serve.

By your neighbors.

By the stranger passing you on the street.

By the people of the next generation.

Think through the lenses of anyone you choose:  How do you want to be remembered by the people in your life? 

Instead of looking at your to-dos head on this morning, think forward then reflect backward.

Allow this simple question to shape your day today and see what a difference it makes in the small choices throughout the day.

What will shift?

What suddenly looks important that didn’t seem so important five minutes ago?

What suddenly seems unimportant that seemed important five minutes ago?

By this simple exercise, you will be experiencing a small sampling of the shift in decision making that occurs when you take even just a moment to envision, to dream, and to begin with the end in mind.

You really are what you think.

 

Christine Wilson

Licensed Professional Counselor, Co-founder of Think Time

 

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How do you want to be remembered?

How do you want to be remembered by the people in your life? 

Before diving into your to-dos, pause and ask yourself, “How do I want to be remembered?”

Think forward then reflect backward.

Decisions shift when you take a moment to envision.

Decisions shift when you take a moment to dream.

Decisions shift when you take a moment to begin with the end in mind.

You really are what you think.

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