Series: The Destructive Power of Self-Inflicted Pressure
Tick tock.Tick tock.Just the sound inspires slight angst.We look at time with such a scarcity mentality – never enough.There is the constant nagging of time running out.There are only so many seconds in a minute, so many minutes in an hour, so many hours in a day, so many days in a year, so many years in a decade, so many decades in your life… gulp!But what if these constant reminders of our time limitations were something we embraced instead of fought?There is another option.That option is accepting the finite amount of time we have today and plan accordingly.
I have a clear picture of my son Nolan when he was probably two-years-old.We were about to head out to grandpa and grandma’s house and he wanted to bring his new toy cars.He had five in the set.I watched as his sweet, concentrating face tried to figure out how he was going to fit all these cars into his small arms.He used the whole of his arms and even tucked his chin under to trap the leaning pile.But there was only room for four.Every time he added the fifth car, another would fall to the floor.It was heart-wrenching to hear his anxious little whimpers as he desperately kept trying over and over again.
I often find myself in this same predicament; attempting to stuff one more thing into my already full day.This circus act of trying to balance so many things creates all kinds of pressure. I want to learn to smile give myself grace by accepting the reality that I only have so much time and can only put so many things in the time I have.
Take the pressure off by asking: What can you do to accept the limitations of time in your life instead of fighting it?
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