I am So Tired!

Are you exhausted?

If you are like so many people I know you are wearing yourself out to “get stuff done.”

Today I want to challenge you to ask yourself the question, “Is it worth it?”

Are these things that I’m doing worth my energy, my time, and my health?

When you are exhausted, you’re not doing your best work, you are not connecting with others well, and you’re not ready to meet the challenges of the day.

Are the tasks you are doing right now that are wearing you out worth that to you?

Is the trade off worth it? 

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How Can I Make This Even Better?

One of my favorite questions in our Think Time Life-Coaching process is, “How can I make this even better?”

In the Dream Phase of Think Time, after you move through several creative thinking tools, you ask yourself this question.


It is the question Walt Disney asked of his Imagineers over and over again when they presented their work to him.

When you watch a Disney cartoon, there are so many little details.

So many things make each clip engaging and funny and intelligent and creative.

This is because Walt Disney asked this simple question.


I maybe stating the obvious, but it is my conviction that your life deserves as much creative attention as a cartoon. 

You can apply this simple question to a C-Suite meeting or to your child’s birthday party.  It just makes everything better.

So as you make your plans this week in your Think Time Life Coaching Planner, ask yourself, “How can I make this even better?”   

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See the Positive.

When you are interacting with people, do you naturally see the positive or the negative?

When you are talking about people with others, what do you say?  Do you tend to comment on the positive or the negative? 

What we often don’t realize sometimes is that when we speak negatively about somebody, it says more about us than them.

Everyone has positive. Everyone has negative. What we see is a reflection of what is in our hearts. What we highlight to others reflects what is inside us.

Take some think-time today to dwell on the positive traits of those in your life.

The more you think about them, the more these positive traits will dwell in your heart and will come out of your mouth as life-giving words.

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A Messy Life Is a Lot of Work.

Last week, I talked about how much work it takes to create clarity and calm, and I shared the example of cleaning up my kids’ closets.

This week I want to talk about the hard work it takes to not put the effort in to create clarity in our lives.

When I don’t have clarity in an area such as a closet, I can get by for a little while without feeling the effects of it. However, it catches up with me. And it usually catches up with me when it really matters.

It’s usually when all six of us are trying to get out the door, and we can’t find that one shoe.

Or all the categories in my kids drawers are flowing into each other so they can’t really identify and access what they need quickly. 

These few minutes didn’t seem to matter when nothing big is happening, but you know how it is… things aren’t a big deal until they’re a big deal.

Do you know what I mean?

It’s usually those five minutes that makes you awkwardly late for something so super special!!  You would never have consciously traded those priceless five minutes of watching your niece perform her dance routine or arriving early to grab the opportunity to chat with the CEO before the meeting…

You would not have thought… “I choose to be disorganized and unintentional over those things.”

But there it is.  That’s exactly what happened.  You missed it.  You can’t get it back.  The opportunity was there, and now it is gone.


I think the same holds true for how we organize our time. We can overcommit for a while, and we don’t feel the effects.  Our life becomes like a messy sock drawer.  We just don’t know exactly where things go.  Sometimes we can find a lucky match.  But sometimes we can’t.  And we don’t always know when we will slip by by the skin of our teeth and when we will fall flat on our face.  :/

Because we didn’t put the time and effort into creating clarity, we’re just really shooting from the hip—not really being intentional about the results of our actions.

This may work for a while, but eventually the effects will show.

  • Our work maybe come sloppy.
  • Our health may decline.
  • People who would open up to us and share was going on in their lives may not simply because of our lack of eye contact and perceived disinterest…since we are consumed with being overwhelmed. 
  • The nutrition, rest, and exercise that we need to thrive may not be a part of our regular routine. 
  • We may be doing the wrong thing at the wrong time or a good thing instead of the best thing.

This type of living leads to that feeling of being under an endless pile of to dos. A lot of work is being done, but because the high results activities are being done first, there’s just not a lot to show for all the effort it’s been put into the activities.

This type of living is exhausting.

It’s reactive instead of proactive.

It simply does not produce the results anyone wants.

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We would not choose to do this hard work again because of the fruit it did not bear.

We don’t see fruit.

We are just exhausted.  And there is little or nothing to show for it.

It is a lot of work.

But, it does not lead to peace.

And, it is not productive.

It’s just hard work.

That’s it.

It’s the result of putting in the hard work—the wrong way.

It doesn’t have to be this way, but for so many people it is.


To learn more about how you can step out of this cycle of working endlessly without getting the results you want, check out our Think Time Life-Coaching Planners.  The insightful questions and space to be creative allow you to clarify what matters most to you and live your life focused on it.

The process guides you to put the hard work in to develop clarity so that you can have peace and productivity after the hard work of creating clarity.

Why keep doing hard work that only causes you to spin your wheels…exhausted and getting nowhere!?! 

There is a better way, and it can be learned. 

You do not have to live another day reacting, working hard, and getting nowhere.

Are you ready for a change?

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Clarity Takes Hard Work.

I recently spent three hours with a friend who is gifted in organization.  She helped me to sift and sort through four ages of kids clothes, creating donation bags, and organizing the “keepers” in accessible bins.

As I look into my kids’ closet after all that work, the takeaway I had was, “Clarity takes hard work.”

After three full hours of two of us working nonstop, there is clarity in my kids’ closets and drawers.  It is clear which clothes are for each child. It is clear what I have and what I need to purchase for the next season. It is clear where my children need to return their clothes when they are clean.

This clarity feels good. 


 

I will admit, however, I am exhausted after sifting and sorting 1 million little pieces of fabric.  It hurts my brain!

However, I wouldn’t go back and do anything differently. That job needed to be done. And we will all benefit from the hard work applied to that task.  

This clarity is peaceful.  

This clarity is productive.

This clarity is worth the hard work.


This process reminds me of the hard mental & emotional work we put into the Think Time process.  It takes work to cast a clear vision, to decide what stays and what needs to go, and how to place activities into the correct containers (or boxes on our calendars).  

In the middle of the process, it feels a bit messy, and tough calls have to be made.  “Yeses” need to be identified.  “Nos” need to be bravely stated. 

Perseverance will ensure the job is well done.

The process takes hard work. 


But, when it is all over…

This clarity is peaceful.

This clarity is productive.

This clarity is worth it!  

As you take time to think-time this week, ask yourself if you are putting in the work to really get the clarity you need to move forward in peace and confidence.   

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Eye Contact

We live in the Digital Age.

We have many advances and really cool things we can do now.

However, what is one thing that has changed?

Eye contact.

It is through eye contact that we connect with those around us.

It is through eye contact that we step out of our own lives and into the world of another.

It is through eye contact that we know and are known.

As you move throughout your week, be aware of your eyes and the eyes of others.  Are you making meaningful life-giving connections, or are you missing them?

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“That’s When The Kids Came.” On Repurposing Our Goals.

Life is not all about achieving our goals.

It’s about living our lives.

Sometimes we set aside our goals for a time to live more fully focused on what matters more.  In other words, we repurpose our goals…we shift our focus.


I was recently talking with a friend who adopted a sibling set of three a few years ago.  She was describing their move to the city and all of the renovations she and her husband completed on their home.  Then, she described a specific location where the renovations stopped.

“That’s when the kids came.”

Her adoption process turned out to involve an incredibly short wait, and when her kids arrived, there was no turning back to finish renovations!

There was not a hint of regret in her voice.  It was clear where her priorities were.  Welcoming these precious kids into her life immediately took precedence over home renovations. What had been important a month earlier now was not even being considered for time and attention.

This is good.

We do well to constantly reevaluate our priorities according to our season of life and adjusting accordingly.

Life is meant to be lived to the full in the present.


Do you have some things on your calendar that reflect old priorities?  Do your best to let these go and focus fully on your current season of life.

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Dream in High Definition.

“Dream in High Definition.”  This is the way Chris Hogan explains it. 

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Chris helps people to plan for retirement.  But.  He doesn’t do it in the traditional numbers, spreadsheets and lines format—which is why he is so compelling.  

He coaches his people to dreamto dream with a vision so clear that will change everything about the way they do everything.

What type of life do they want when they retire?

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Do they want to travel?  Do they want to generously give?  Do they want to leave an inheritance for their families?

I recently listened to him share this idea with an audience of entrepreneurs. 

To illustrate this point, he described an experience of going into a store to pick out a new TV for his house with his son.  He said some of the high definition screens were so big and so clear you could see the sweat drop on the football player’s face before it left the pore. 

That’s.  Real.   Clear.

This is how clearly he wants his people to see their dreams.

The reason Chris encourages people to get clear on their dreams is because he knows that once you have clarity on your dreams, everything else changes. 

Without the dream, nothing changes.

What is your dream?

Are you moving through the dream phase in your Think Time Life Coaching Planner each week to add clarity to what you really want?  This is THE starting point for real life change and growth.

This is the only way you will get there.

Give it some think-time.

Your dreams will change everything.

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What’s The Bottom Line of Your Life?

So much thought and effort is put into determining the bottom line of corporations and organizations.

 

Each department has an allocated budget of resources, personnel, time, and money; and for best results, every department needs to be operating well.

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Every effort and expenditure in the following year is directed by these bottom lines, and they are determined by a clear vision of where each department wants to go.

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The same is true with your life.

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Have you thought lately about the different areas of your life?

Have you taken time to create a clear vision of where you want to go?

Do you recognize that if one area is not operating well, all of the other areas of your life will be impacted?

What are the bottom lines for each area of your life? 

Do you have the tools that will help you create a realistic plan that will strategically get you there?

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Think Time Life-Coaching Planners include an exercise that prompts you to consider what you really want in eight key areas of your life: spiritual, health, money, work, personal, family, relationships, and service. 

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This exercise, called Think Zones, is included once per quarter and once per year to help you to really clarify what matters most to you in each of these areas.

Getting clear on what you really want is the first step toward defining your “bottom line” in each area of your life. 

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The rest of the Think Time process helps you to create a strategic plan to get there.  

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Your life certainly deserves as much time, attention, and intentionality as any organization.

Want to try the Think Zones exercise?  For a limited time, it is available as a one-page PDF download in our store.  Get it here.

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Are You Comfortable Feeling Incompetent? You Should Be.

On a 2017 episode of The EntreLeadership Podcast, Ken Coleman interviewed author and entrepreneur Seth Godin.  Ken introduced him as one of the most brilliant thinkers of our time.

Seth then completed the interview, and he did not disappoint.

He says that if we are to change (hear: grow!) we must be comfortable with feeling incompetent.

Seth continued.

Often people do not change because they don’t want to be uncomfortable and feel incompetent.

He says this feeling of incompetence, however, is often a prerequisite to growth and change. 

People who resist these negative feelings are less likely to grow…less likely to change.

How can we apply this understanding? 

Well, if you are a leader in an organization–which many of you are–one take-away, Seth suggests, is to not be surprised when your people do not immediately embrace the change you want to bring into your company.

You likely hired these people for their competence, so don’t be surprised when they resist the feelings of incompetence that come with new initiatives.  Be patient with them.

Also, as you go forward, hire people who are not only competent, but also curious and humble…in other words, they are willing to go through the negative feelings of incompetence because they value change and growth more than always feeling competent.

It may take a little longer in the interviewing process, but it will be worth it in the long run.

How can I apply this in my personal life?

Be aware of this dynamic any time you are presented with something new (for instance, a planning process like Think Time that is a little different than everyone else…moving beyond mere lines and words and including new techniques like visualization, drawing, and mind-mapping).

Embrace the fact that you may be naturally inclined to resist things that are good for you because you don’t want to feel incompetent.

Have a conscious dialogue with yourself before you say “no” to a great opportunity.

Are you resisting because you are uncomfortable with feelings of incompetence?

Can you reframe the feelings of incompetence to mean that you are making progress toward change and growth?

Can you use this new understanding to set yourself on a new learning trajectory this coming year?

Be encouraged.  Because and not many people are willing to move through the uncomfortable feelings of incompetence, you can quickly set yourself apart from your competition by embracing it as a prerequisite for growth and change.  Embrace this mindset tip, and you are already a step ahead.

What are your thoughts?

What is one thing you have learned that has changed your life? 

Was it uncomfortable at first to learn it?

Are you glad you learned it in spite of your initial resistant feelings?

Please tell us about it in the comments below.

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