Time is one of the most precious commodities. And like money, we never seem to have enough. I wish I could tell you coaching will add an extra day to your week. I can't promise that. But, I can share about when you become more aware of exactly where you are in life, this adjusts your focus. In fact it's often a jolt, if we haven't taken a good look at where we are lately.
But a jolt now is better than a jolt when a whole lot more time has passed. All of a sudden finding out what is really important and what's eating up a your time...becomes a driving force. And more than likely it will keep you up at night, unless you make some adjustments. Especially when it dawns on you that you aren't giving your attention to anything you really want and all of your time is going to things that drain the life out of you.
This isn't the way anyone should live, let alone a leader like yourself.
"Time and tide...wait for no man." Ancient Proverb
No matter how hard we try, we can't stop time or slow it down; we can't stop the tide from rolling in. Though we tell ourselves, "we are making up for lost time," we really can't. What we can do though is see where we are, realize we need to move in a better direction, then make our future, starting NOW!
So where are you?
Measuring time differs within each culture, but most do agree on four distinct categories of life.
Juvenile (0-19 years)
Early Adulthood (20-39 years)
Middle Adulthood (40-59 years)
Late Adulthood (60-the rest of your life)
I'm somewhere in the number 3 stage. Ok, I'm right at the end, ready to exit it in a couple of years. What I put my hand to do has to line up with my values. I have to add value to the lives of those around me. I don't have time to waste. If you're a Millennial or Gen Xer, it's a great time to wake up and smell the coffee, before you find yourself in Middle to Late Adulthood scrambling for what you really want life to look like.
"The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation." Corrie ten Boom
...are you making the best donation for your stage? or are you struggling because what you thought you wanted is not longer what you really want?
Stephen R. Covey advises, "to begin with the end in mind."
Your satisfaction, fulfillment, and engagement with life, determines your contribution as an individual.
It's been said, "We spend the first half of our life trying hard to make money and the second half of our life trying hard to make it meaningful."
Have you ever known anyone who came to the end of life and wished they had worked longer, made more money, and spent more time trying to keep up with their neighbors. Instead it's all about asking, "Did I make a difference? Did my life matter? What kind of value did I add to those I love and walk along side each day? Who will remember me for the individual I was and not only for what I did?
How can you make this moment moving forward, the best of part of your life so far?
It may mean eliminating the things that aren't working any more. It may mean trying something new to see the difference it can make. It will require stepping out of your comfort zone, but that doesn't mean you have to do it alone.
How can you up the ante on the donation for the duration of where you are in life now?
Please leave a comment in the box below. I'd really like to know what stage your are in and how you plan to transition into the next.