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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Christine M. Wilson, LPC
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?

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, begin with the end you seek in mind.

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

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What shifted?

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 you seek 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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