This is Success

When you arrive at the end of your life and look back, what do you want to see?

Who do you want to have been?

What do you want to have done?

In essence, “What is success?”

This question was actually the opening line of my high school graduation speech. As I stood in front of those blazing lights, each word echoed through the stadium. I stepped out of that stadium to continue my quest of discovery.

I spent a couple decades on this quest– learning in college, attending a leadership internship in one state followed by a fellowship in another, working at a church then a non-profit, graduating with a masters from seminary and then serving patients recovering from brain injury as I gained my license as a professional counselor.

Lately, I have continued my quest nurturing and educating my kids for success in the next generation and serving you through Think Time.  As it turns out, I have been thinking about this and gathering great stuff for quite a long time…24 years!  I only wish I could find a copy of that speech!!! I would love to know what I came up with at 17!

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THREE QUALITIES OF SUCCESS YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO MISS

Today, I want to talk about three aspects of success that my planners and courses at Think Time are designed to support–qualities you can’t afford to miss in your life!

I’ll be talking about these for the next few weeks. It is my belief that each of these qualities is necessary to live a full and meaningful life–to truly succeed.

Results.

You may have judged success in the past based on what you did. Let me turn that on its head, and ask instead, not “What did you do?” but “What were your results?” You know from experience that it is possible to work hard from dawn until dusk and accomplish next to nothing–exhausting yourself and never making headway on your important goals. Sure, you were busy. You “got a lot done.” But, did you get results? Getting results is what moves the needle toward your dreams and goals.

Relationships.

It is simply not enough to “get things done” while your relationships remain on the back burner. You are not a machine. You are a human BEing designed to DO important things. Having great results without great relationships OR great relationships without great results is never enough. You have to have both to succeed. I believe that being connected to God, to others, and to your purpose are central to success. Relationships fuel your life.

Resilience.

Resilience keeps you in the game for the long haul. Anyone can sprint and have the appearance of success while things quietly crumble under the surface. Time tells the whole story. When you have the quality of resilience, you have the energy and the mindset to bounce back when set backs happen. You continue to create great work over the long haul.

The truly successful person consistently achieves great results and maintains great relationships over the long haul — continuously maintaining energy and focus for what matters most.

Over the next few weeks, I will discuss one quality a week to deep dive into the importance of each of these qualities in a little more depth.

I DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF TIME.

As you read, you may nod your head in agreement while deep down you don’t believe you could ever have time to achieve that degree of success–you don’t even have time to think! In your life, there are simply not enough hours in the day.

Wow, I get it. Life is moving so faster than ever, and the distractions are endless! It can feel overwhelming to think about reaching for the stars.

However, what if I suggested that that you don’t have enough time NOT to pursue true success in your life? Would you agree that by not taking time to ensure that you are getting great results, building great relationships, and investing in your resilience, you don’t risk just losing hours…you could lose entire decades of your life! 

You don’t just risk losing hours…you could lose entire decades of your life.

Christine Wilson, LPC

If you don’t have a vision and strategy for getting results, you could spend your golden years working a dead-end job–just to pay the bills.

If you don’t have a vision and a strategy for your relationships, your kids’ childhood may be over before you have learned how to be present with them.

If you don’t have a vision for your health, you could achieve all of the above success but lose out on decades of your life to enjoy your success.

Please hear me. This is important.

The truth is you don’t have time to not to take time to clarify your vision and create a strategy for these three areas of success. 

And, remember, you don’t have to spend decades learning what you need to know to achieve this type of success. I have already done the work for you!

In my next Think Time Thursday e-mail, I will deep dive into getting results and share with you the approach I personally use to do less while achieving more. So, keep your eye out for that post. It will simply be called “how I do less to achieve more…”

In the mean time would you please take a moment to share your thoughts and comment on this blog?

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.

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