They found me! Oh no!
Recently on Facebook, I have been greeted by “Sponsored” pages that start like this. “Four years ago, I lived in my parent’s basement. But, today, I live in a Manhattan high rise. I am so successful. You can be too! Keep watching and I will tell you how I did it.”
“I have been able to maintain balance, stay connected, and achieve results during a super full season.” Christine Wilson @thinktimetweets think-time.com
“Long term wins get us further than money could any day.” Christine Wilson @thinktimetweets think-time.com
“I am taking care of myself so I can take care of others and maintain energy for the long haul.” Christine Wilson @thinktimetweets think-time.com
“I now have confidence that important events and people will be remembered and celebrated even during seasons in which life is very full.” Christine Wilson @thinktimetweets think-time.com
“Think Time has helped me to maintain balance during what could otherwise be an extremely stressful time.” Christine Wilson @thinktimetweets think-time.com
They proceed to walk around videoing themselves walking through luxury homes and sailing on yachts while the wind blows through their hair. All the while, they tell me the story again and again. “Once I was a loser. Now I am a winner. You can be too! Just be sure to keep watching.” I never watch long enough to find out if they actually share how they did it. I don’t think they ever really say.
I think they found me because I do a lot of research for Think Time on living your dreams, fulfilling your purpose, time management, success, goal achievement, and the like. But, you will not see a video like that from me. (If you do, kindly send me this blog in a couple of years and tell me to get a life!)
No, I am a journeyer alongside you.
To me, Think Time was a happy discovery and a blessing. If you don’t know how Think Time began, you can read it here or listen to it here (select “Think Time as a result of the creative process). By taking time to Think Time, my ability to accomplish what is important to me has skyrocketed. By creating clarity around my intentions, the distractions of life that usually paralyze me are not even having an impact. I am accomplishing what is important to me like I have never been able to before.
While making money is something worth celebrating, it is not the central measuring stick of success. Think Time has a broader definition of success.
Let me share with you what my successes have been just today.
I am in my third trimester as we are renovating a new house for a move. Our fourth baby is due in only 5 weeks, and time is tight. For the past several weeks, I have chosen “health” as one of my “prize roses” on my Rosebush Tool. It serves no one—and especially not our sweet baby—for me to be stressed, to skip exercising, to miss sleep, or to eat poorly. By empowering me to focus on what matters most, Think Time has helped me to maintain balance during what could otherwise be an extremely stressful time.
Practically, by choosing to prioritize health, we have committed to few outside activities, allowed others to help us, and hired professionals to tackle some renovation work we would have otherwise tried to accomplish ourselves. During this season, I am also getting full night’s sleep and taking needed rest breaks throughout the day as I work toward my goals. By prioritizing my health, I am taking care of myself so I can take care of others and maintain energy for the long haul. (Remember. I am about to be taking care of a newborn SOON! I cannot deplete myself now!)
As I was taking a big bag of recycling to the bin this evening, I remembered my neighbor’s recent engagement. I remembered that I wanted to celebrate huge moment with a gift! This also prompted me to remember two other important events in the lives of friends and colleagues that I wanted to be sure to celebrate.
Immediately, I walked back inside and went straight to my Think Time to write these three events on my “to be” Concept Cloud. As I take time to Think Time, valuing not only results but also relationships is included in my planning process. I now have confidence that these important events will be remembered and celebrated even during a season in which life is very full.
My third Think Time takeaway from today is that I think differently as I do…everything. Specifically, today, instead of getting lost in the packing process and feeling overwhelmed, I worked toward the visions that I had intentionally created in my mind. What end result was I seeking? In the areas in which I was intentional, my whole being worked toward the pictures in my mind.
This week’s Think Time Envision Box features a “wild success” sketch of boxes stacked halfway to the ceiling in a room that does not have furniture. I have worked the past two days toward that vision. I have been selling furniture on my Facebook groups, loading items to be donated, and packing boxes with a consistent energy and focus that cannot be broken. I have rescheduled appointments, resisted urges to reminisce, and simplified my schedule to achieve this vision. For some people, this may not be revolutionary. For those of us who struggle to focus and to produce results, it’s amazing!
Success in the (not so) Small Stuff
Well, I didn’t say, “I was a loser. Now I am a winner. You can be too.” But, I did say that in one day, I was able to maintain balance, stay connected, and achieve results during a super full season.
I call that success.
These are the long term wins that get us further than money could any day. At Think Time, we focus on bringing our long-term goals into our daily lives. When we look back on our lives, we don’t want to see that we missed what was important because we were “too busy.” We don’t want to neglect important relationships. We also don’t want to look back wondering what, if anything, of value we accomplished.
It is our hope at Think Time that when we get to the end of our lives, we can all say, “I lived my life to the full. I lived on purpose. I loved those around me. I did important things that only I could do.”
These are my thoughts. What are yours?
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