By Linda Walker
I attended the Entrepreneur Experience conference in San Diego last week. Rachel Hollis, author of Girl, Stop Apologizing was one of the speakers. She said something that gave me pause. It might give you pause too. She said “You have the time to do what you want, but you choose to do other things instead.”
My first thought was, “Are you kidding me? I have no time, I’m busy, busy, busy!”
When Someone You Respect Says Something You Don’t Want to Hear
So here’s the thing, when someone I respect says something I disagree with. Or they outright irritate me, I journal about it. Not to complain. But to question my thoughts about it. More about that another day.
Have I have been making the wrong choices? Have I been busy doing something besides the important things I need to do?
I had to say I have. I’ve been “binge learning”. I love learning. And I do need to continue learning. We all do. But – I spend many hours of my day learning – not using this knowledge, not sharing it.
And sharing my knowledge. Helping you. That’s what gives me joy. And it’s more helpful for you! Not doing what I want to do is causing all sorts of anxiety and guilt.
You Have Some Choices to Make
You ever think the universe aligns to hit you over the head with messages you’ve been ignoring? This was one of those times. I’m updating my Focus to Thrive program and today I filmed, “We have 24 hours to fill each day. We are already so busy, it’s impossible to add more. We have to make some choices. You can’t keep doing more. And more. And more! You need to drop something.”
Thing is, I’ve been saying this to my clients for years. So why was I not choosing what I do more carefully?
The Choices You Make Say Something About You
You choose and accept what you’re already doing. Or you can choose to create space in your schedule to do what you want to do. But to do that, you must give up some of what you’re currently doing. It could be something easy, like watching cat videos. Or it could be hard, like not hanging out with your friends as often.
What Brings You Joy? What You Choose to Do with Your Time Is What You Choose for Your Life
Once I realized I did have the choice, the decision was easy. I want to share what I learn. I want to connect with you. I want to make your life better. Because I LOVE doing that!
I want to, and need to, continue to learn. I need to block out specific times for learning. But I’ll use time boxing to limit the time I spend learning. And I’ll use time I save to write more. You’ll be hearing from me a bit more. I hope you see that as a good thing! J
Now it’s your turn
What are you choosing to do instead of what you need to do? To grow? To achieve your goals? To succeed?
What choices do you need to make?
I’d love to hear what you’ll do: Share what you want to do more of?
What will you remove from your schedule to carve out more time for that?