3 Ways to Give Attention to Your Dreams & Goals

How often do you take time to create clarity around your dreams and goals? 

Each week offers opportunities for being intentional, yet it can be easy to just dive into the next week and miss life-changing opportunities.

The Think Time Planners & Courses help you remember to create attention for your dreams and goals each week as you Dream, Decide, Do, & Review. 

Here are three ways you can give your dreams and goals the attention they deserve:

  1. Set aside uninterrupted think-time. Ask yourself what you really want. Every week in the Dream Phase of your think-time, allow yourself to dream big–as if there were no obstacles. This helps you to identify what you really want.
  2. Draw what you see. To boost your attention toward these dreams, draw an image of what you have in mind. It can be as simple as a dollar sign or a stick figure; however, don’t underestimate the power of this step for your visual ADHD mind. When you develop so much clarity around your goals that you can feel them, research shows that your subconscious mind gets to work to make your dreams a reality.
  3. Say yes to only a few things. To bring your dream to reality, you will need to take one more step and guard it! There are less important activities–and even some good ones–that threaten to steal your time and attention from your most important goals. Get clarity in the Decide Phase on what steps will help you make it happen in the best way possible. You can get more done by doing less. You just need to decide which steps these are.

Enjoy consistent progress toward your goals and develop a confidence in your abilities as you take time to give attention to your intentions each week. 

Don’t let distractions steal what you want most.

Achieving your dreams and goals starts with giving them the attention they deserve.

In my signature course Cut Through the Noise, I walk you step by step how to ensure that you can give your best attention to your intentions so you can bring your dreams to reality.

There has never been a better time to invest in yourself.  How you achieve your dreams and goals impacts EVERYTHING YOU DO.  It is the gift that keeps on giving…and could even change your family tree.

Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.

Buy a planner or start my course today!

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A Formula for More Time

Do you have time but still struggle to get the right things done? How can you find time for what matters most when life gets in the way?

Here’s what you have told me. You believe there are two primary things that keep you from living on purpose and achieving your goals.

They are:

#1 more time

#2 improved focus.

These two needs are critical for your goals and are actually very, very intwined. Let me explain.

Have you ever had a million things to do and the deadline was upon you? Do you remember that you “got it all done?” It may have seemed like a miracle, but things just “worked out.”

What happened?

Dr. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, suggests that intensity can be traded for time.

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“Intensity can be traded for time.”

-Dr. Cal Newport

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That is, if you are more intense, you can accomplish more in less time. On the other hand, if you are low on energy or highly distracted and unfocused, you lose a LOT of time.

Dr. Newport’s formula could be described in mathematical terms as time = intensity

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time = intensity

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To get more time, up your intensity–just like you would when the pressure is on and the deadline is fast approaching.

To help you get traction with Dr. Newport’s idea, I want you to break it down another step.

What is intensity?

Intensity increases when you have increased energy and increased focus in a singular direction.

To explain this mathematically, I defining intensity as “energy x focus.”

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So, time = energy x focus

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The next time you feel over whelmed that you have so much to do and so little time, don’t get discouraged and wish for a day in the future in which you will have more time. Instead, get strategic. How can you boost your energy and your focus toward the goal for which you wish you had time?

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Don’t get discouraged. Get strategic!

-Christine Wilson, LPC

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With this formula, you can create practical strategies to find more time in your life for your dreams & goals.

Let’s start with one strategy to boosting your energy—self-care.

  • Sleep.
  • Exercise.
  • Nutrition.

When was the last time you were hoping for more time and decided you needed to go to bed earlier, build more exercise into your routine, or make wise eating decisions? Well, good job if you did. It is one of the most strategic ways to boost both your focus and your energy–which gives you more time.

If you are like many people, often, when you want to accomplish a big goal, self care is the first thing to go on the back burner. However, this works against you–causing you to lose valuable time–just when you need it the most. The energy you gain from good sleep, exercise, and nutrition propels you toward your goals and allows you to accomplish your goals faster because you have more energy available.

Think about how many goals can remain on hold when you “don’t have the energy.” Don’t let this happen to you! Use this idea of taking time to boost your energy to your advantage so you can achieve your goals.

Next, let’s talk about a strategy to boost your focus.

Often, when people feel like they have a lot to do, they get a quick idea of generally where they want to go and just dive in. They think, “There is no time to lose. I need to start right now!” Well, this impulse is exactly the wrong way to boost your results.

Here’s why: When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on low-results activities that leave you empty for what matters most.

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When you dive into a project without clarity, you can waste your best energy on activities that don’t move the needle–leaving nothing left for what matters most.

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On the other hand, when you take time at the beginning to develop a crystal clear clarity around your goal…so clear you can feel it…research shows you are less vulnerable to distractions and more likely to achieve your goal.

Being distracted SLOWS YOU DOWN. So, diving right in causes you to lose time in the long run. Stepping aside to develop a compelling clarity around your goal helps you get the best results by focusing your best efforts on high results-yielding activities.

Retirement strategist Chris Hogan calls this Dreaming in Hi-Definition. When you paint such a clear picture of what you want that you can taste and see it, your focus is boosted and distractions simply do not hold as much sway. You gain time.

This is why energy Think Time Planners and Courses help you improve your energy and boost your focus so you can find the time you need to succeed.

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You may be thinking that you don’t need to be strategic like this. You just need to try harder. Let’s talk about that. Unfortunately, trying harder will not help you achieve your goals. Here’s why.

There is a problem.

Research shows that 90% of the thoughts you have today are the same thoughts you had yesterday. This means that if you like the results you are getting, then, yes, do more of the same.

However, if you need to overcome an obstacle, change a pattern, or solve a problem, you need to think differently. How do you think different thoughts? You need a guide to help you think about your thinking. When you do this, Psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud says, “When you think about your thinking… Voila! New neural pathways begin to form!”

And, when new neural pathways begin to form, new ways of being and doing are born. New paths can be explored and experienced. Your changed behaviors and new solutions are on their way!

This is the big “why” behind taking time to think-time. Improved thinking leads to improved results.

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In my next e-mail, I will be sharing another important strategy to include in your goal achievement toolbox. I will share a tip that can help you avoid losing up to 23 minutes every time this happens. It is so critical to your success and will help you maintain the boosted energy and focus you need to succeed. So, keep your eye on your inbox for this!

Cheering you on!

Christine

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I Am Sorry, God. I Was Disorganized.

Do you have a dream that you have wanted to pursue for a while? Perhaps it is a vision for creating a non-profit, a business, or a movement. Perhaps it is simply homeschooling your kids.

In all of these ventures, you are required to create something from nothing. The stakes are high, and you have to be a self-starter. Furthermore, no one is going to put deadlines on you or tell you where to be when.

When you bring your dreams to life…

You are the boss.

You make the decisions.

You launch the vision and create the plan.

If you have a dream but currently lack confidence in your ability to live on purpose AND achieve your goals, I want you to know there is hope.
Three are skills you can learn (that are rarely taught!!) that can help you Cut Through the Noise and Achieve Your Goals in a Distracting World…starting today.

Well, what if you have the desire to start something new or meaningful, but you simply don’t know how to move forward. No one taught you how to do this.

You may be telling yourself:

I struggle to manage my daily life. How can I even think of adding something on top of it?

Or

The last time I tried to pursue a goal, I over-focused on it so much the rest of my life went to shambles.

Or 

If I knew what to do…if I was clear on what steps to take, I would start. So, I won’t start until I have clarity.

Well, you may not be on top of today’s to dos.  You may be disorganized and struggle to focus. You may not have the clarity you need to take that first step.

Please hear me loud and clear: THAT IS OKAY!

Being disorganized…struggling to focus…or lacking clarity on how to move forward does NOT disqualify you from achieving your dreams and goals. 

Don’t get me wrong, they help. But they are not required.

When you get to the end of your life and God asks you “What did you do with the dreams and goals I laid on your heart?”  Are you going to answer, “I never got organized?!?”

No!  

Being organized and “on top of it” is not a pre-qualifier for living your unique purpose–for fulfilling your unique purpose in this world–for doing those things that only you see need to be done.

When you get to the end of your life and God asks you “What did you do with the dreams and goals I laid on your heart?”  Are you going to answer, “I never got organized?!?”

Christine Wilson

How would you feel if I told you there is a way you can both live on purpose and achieve your goals? And. You don’t have to wait until you “have it all together.”

(That would be like waiting to start a weight loss program until you have lost the weight!!)

What if you could take begin to take charge of your life and your time?

What if you felt confident you could live on purpose and achieve your goals?

What would you do first?

If you have a dream but currently lack confidence in your ability to live on purpose AND achieve your goals, I want you to know there is hope.

Three are skills you can learn (that are rarely taught!!) that can help you Cut Through the Noise and Achieve Your Goals in a Distracting World…starting today.


As a Licensed Professional Counselor, a person who has struggled all my life with ADHD symptoms, and a homeschooling mother of five, I know you need real answers real quick that are easy to learn and quick to apply.


I have spent the last five years helping people just like you get clarity on what matters most and getting it onto your schedule and into your life.
I created Think Time Planner, the FIRST Creative Productivity Planner designed to engage more of your brain to boost your focus, motivation, and energy toward your truest goals. Y’all, it’s a GAME CHANGER.


Today, I want to encourage you to not wait until a time in the future when you “have more time” or “have it all together.” Even if you have to start small with just 5 minutes a week, do something toward bringing your dreams to life.

Cheering you on!

Christine


p.s. To get started with a clear plan to bring your dreams to life, get your Think Time Planner here: think-time.com.

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Three Ways to Boost Your Energy

How often do you take time to consider how you can boost your energy?⠀

You may not often think of what a game-changer good energy is, but it is soooo important.  I love the way performance psychologist Jim Loehr says it: “Energy is life!”  If you have poor energy, you miss out on life.

Truly, the amount of energy you bring to a task or a relationship makes all of the difference. Yet in the busyness of your day to day life, you could be depleting this most valuable asset instead of restoring it.

The Think Time Planner helps you process your life so you can live on purpose in a distracting world–and part of living on purpose is boosting your energy so you can show up well.  By combining creative thinking and mindfulness with productivity, you can see your life in a more complete sphere so you can not only be confident are you getting more done in less time, but you can also be confident you are getting the RIGHT THINGS done.

Today, I want to show you how you can boost your energy levels with your Think Time Planner.

Think Time Creative Productivity Planner helps you find time for what matters most.

1 Get More Sleep.  Use the Review section to become mindful of what is working and what is not working as you seek to get more sleep. Then, use these insights to create your Dream Routine and time block this directly onto your weekly calendar. To add a visual boost, time block your sleep by coloring in those hours with a charcoal gray oil pastel or dry-brush paint black to claim them for sleep.  

2 Reduce Your Stress. When you have a lot of unresolved thoughts, your brain works overtime to find a place to put them.  It can be exhausting to have so much on your mind. That’s why I created the Daily Planner ThinkPad. Every morning when you wake up, use your Daily Planner to get on paper everything that is on your mind and create a clear plan for your day so you can reduce your stress and move into your day with calm confidence. (Learn more techniques to reduce your stress in my course From Chaos to Confidence.)

3 Get on the Move.  Building exercise into your routine is a keystone habit to boost your energy.  Each quarter, use your “Health” Concept Cloud to mind map all of your ideas for getting more exercise. Raise your chances of success by moving the best ideas into your Dream Routine.  Raise your chances of success even more by inviting your friends or family to join you. (You can learn more tips for creating Routines that Support Your Long-Term Goals in my Course Cut Through the Noise.)

Your weekly plan for boosting your energy may never be 100% perfect. That’s okay.  Your Think Time Planner is the place where you identify what you would do if you had total control. Then, you flex with your real life and record your journey along the way in the Review area.

Life happens. And, that is okay.

Your goal is to control what is within your control by creating ideal rhythms and routines that help support your dreams and goals.  Over time, you will become who you want to be across many areas of your life. This week, don’t miss out on your life because of a lack of energy, focus on boosting your energy so you can infuse more life into the tasks and relationships that matter most to you. 

How do you plan to boost your energy this week?

Cheering you on!

Christine

p.s. Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.

Buy a Think Time Planner today!

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How to Find Time

Time is the great equalizer.  Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week.  While of course many factors influence success, one thing you can always control is how you spend your time. If you can find more time, you can influence the money you make, the relationships you have, and even your ability to fully live your purpose.

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How can you find more time? Here are three practical steps you can take today:

  1.  Know where you are going and why. In my opinion, the number one mistake people make in not finding time is not clearly defining what they want. Clarity helps you to recognize opportunities and creatively find solutions around your obstacles. By defining your “yes” you also define what is “not yes”–those little distractions that steal your best energy so you are left without energy for what matters most.
  2. Say “yes” to a very few things.  No one likes to say “no.”  However, if you casually say “yes” to too many things than you may unintentionally be saying “no” to the best things. Don’t fall into the trap of wondering where your time went while your most important dreams and goals remain on hold.
  3. Give every minute a name. Just like you would create a budget for our time, be sure you have a plan for how you want to spend your time. You could call it your “time budget.”  Use the Routine Worksheet in your Think Time Planner to create your Dream Routine that will help you achieve your ideas and goals.
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What are some ways you have found to find time?

This month, we are talking about how you can find time, energy, and focus for what matters most.Next time, we will talk about how to protect your energy.  Don’t miss it!

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

p.s. Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.

Buy a Think Time Planner or start my signature course today!

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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, align yourself with your values by beginning your day with this simple question.

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

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

Christine Wilson, LPC

Reflect…

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 can shift your entire day.

Don’t let your days be highjacked by things that seem important but really aren’t. Make the most of your life and your time by aligning your activities with what matters most. Simply taking 2 minutes to ask yourself the right question can shift your decision making and change your life.

Remember, don’t start with the plan. Start with the dream. Then, you will live a life aligned with your deepest values.

Join the movement of people like you saying “no” to mindless busyness and “yes” to purposeful productivity, buy your Think Time Planner today.

Christine Wilson

Licensed Professional Counselor, Co-founder of Think Time

p.s. Don’t let the distractions of life get in the way of your dreams and goals.

Buy a Think Time Planner today!

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Better to Start Small Than Not At All

It is better to start small than to not start at all.

These are super important days. Have you considered that you may have an important role to play in them?

Often, when you think of making a difference in the world, you may feel like you need to do something really big.

Then, you see the obstacles.

And because you can’t do something big…

You.

Don’t.

Do.

Anything.

As a mother of five with a global sized vision and a million ideas, I feel this tension a lot. However, even though I have a lot going on, I still make time to try to make a difference. 

And you can too.

Here are three things you can do to turn this tension you feel into a purposeful action that can change the world.

Know your values

To get clarity, start with your values.  Know what things matter most to you and orient everything else around these things.

Set some uninterrupted think-time aside with your Mission Statement and Core Values Worksheets or Discover Your Purpose in 5 Minutes Course to get clear on the things that matter to you. Who are you? Why are you here? What difference are you here to make in the world.

Always start with your ultimate destination first.

This gives you MORE TIME for what you VALUE MOST.

“One person really can make a difference–in fact, it is the only thing that ever has”

Feel the tension

When you look at your values, you may immediately hear yourself saying, “I am only one person.” Or, “I don’t have time.” Or, “I can’t…” Or, “Maybe later, when ___ is different.”

If this is the case, acknowledge that you do have limited time and resources; but also affirm that you still want to make a difference of some sort. (And, you don’t know how many days you will be given.) 

Now, this is where it gets fun.

You are holding two seemingly opposing desires in your mind at once.  This is a keystone skill in creative thinking that helps you get clear on what you really want. (Sharpen your creative thinking skills here.)

When you get super clear on what you want–even if it involves solving a problem…research shows your subconscious mind gets to work to find a solution for you–even when you are not consciously trying!

After you have clarified what you want–even if you don’t have an answer of how you will do it–keep a voice app or a small notebook with you to record the ideas that come into your mind.

Take action

Now, do something. Pick something from the selection of ideas that you have.

It’s okay if you need to start small.

It’s better to start small than to not start at all.

Even starting with 5 minutes can make a difference in the world.

You are

Who you are

Where you are

&

When you are

For an irreplaceable purpose.

If you don’t do this, who will?

Don’t let the limiting thoughts of “I don’t have time or I am only one person; I can’t make a difference.” or “I don’t have time” or “I can’t…” stop you.

You.

Can.

Do.

Something.

Give it some think-time and get clarity now!

Sincerely,

Christine

p.s. Don’t let the distractions of life steal your dreams and goals any longer. Buy a Think Time Planner today!

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“Shower Thoughts”

Have you ever noticed when you have your a-ha moments?

They are usually in the shower.

Do you know why this is?

All other distractions are finally turned off. You can’t hear anything. You’re not having a conversation. You haven’t thought intentionally about what you were going to do with your shower time. You are just taking a shower.

It is during these times that we have our most insightful moments. This is because our brain is involved in something called “drift thinking.“

According to Edward Hallowell in his book Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive our brain is particularly active when we are not thinking about anything in particular.

  • Our social cognition is boosted.
  • Our executive functioning is strengthened.
  • Our brain’s Default Neural Network is very active.

So, we are more likely to connect important dots when we are in the shower!


As you go throughout your week, ask yourself if you’re building into your schedule time when you’re not focused on anything in particular.

This practice is really great for your brain.

It is really great for your life.

 

p.s. Learn how to harness the strengths of your creative mind to be more productive!  Buy a Think Time Planner today!

 

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Two Ways to Help Yourself Relax

Relaxation is imperative for the rejuvenation of our bodies and our minds, yet sometimes it is hard to relax. 

At times these may be due to physical problems, emotional problems, or spiritual problems. If this is the case, please waste no time in talking to your doctor, counselor, or pastor.

At other times, however, it may be due to a simpler problem–the problem of over-commitment. When you have too many things scheduled, you may genuinely not have time to give your body the respite it needs so you can produce your best work.

Here are two ways you can keep this from happening:

First, take time before you dive into each week to evaluate what “to dos” you are saying yes to. Even if you have the desire to build relaxation into your schedule, you may not because you feel is “in the right thing to do” to fulfill your commitments and obligations (which of course is true). This is why you want to be very careful to say “yes” to very few things.

Second, take time to evaluate how you can include relaxation into your daily and weekly routines.  You can brainstorm ideas on your “To Be Concept Cloud” and schedule them in your Dream Routine. You will be amazed at how much more effective, connected, and productive you will be when you intentionally plan time to relax and allow yourself to do so.

How do you best relax?

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p.s. Don’t let the busyness of life steal your chance for relaxing rejuvenation anymore. You deserve it, and you will get your best results when you do! Use your Think Time Planner to build rejuvenating routines into your daily life.

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How to Produce Your Best Work–At a Moment’s Notice!

As I was driving my husband’s truck along White Rock Lake one evening, I was listening to a podcast by a guy I had never heard of. 

His name was Todd Henry, and he works with creatives to help them thrive and produce their best results. 

Todd recognized that people who work in creative fields have to keep themselves fresh to be ready to produce innovative results on demand.  If they burn out, they cannot produce on demand, and their job is in jeopardy or their work is no longer their best.

Through his research, he developed a system to help people stay “FRESH.”  As he was sharing his insights on a podcast, I had to pull the truck over as my chin dropped through the floor. 

I had just released Think Time months earlier and could not believe how Todd’s cutting edge research aligned with our process.  Among other things, our process encourages self-care, regular time to think, relational connectedness, and…well you need to get his book to discover the rest of the life-changing tips.

But for now, whether you consider yourself “creative” or not, you need to produce results on demand each day.

Move into this week with confidence as you use your Think Time Life-Coaching Planner that you will be fresh and ready to give your best results.

To go deeper on this topic, get Todd’s book “The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant At A Moment’s Notice” here.


What do you do?

Do you have a demanding job where you are required to produce innovative and unique ideas on the spot? 

Tell us about it!

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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.

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