I Don’t have Time…

I don’t know how many times I hear ‘I don’t have time’, ‘I can’t find the time’ or ‘I wish I had time to do that’. As if I have some magical abilities to find more time than you! Let me tell you now. I don’t. I don’t have any more time than anyone else. And do you want to know something else? Neither did Albert Einstein. Neither did Monet. Neither does Richard Branson. Unless there is something I don’t know, as far as I understand, they all had the same amount of time as anyone else. 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 365 days in a year. So, why is it that some people have time and others don’t? When we say ‘I couldn’t find the time’, does that mean you lost it? Where did it go? Here are some ways to find it. It might be closer than you think.

  1. Change your beliefs. This is a big one. Instead of thinking ‘I don’t have time’, simply start telling yourself ‘I have all the time in the world’. ‘I WILL find a way’. ‘There is ALWAYS a way’. Even if you don’t believe it, just start saying it to yourself. Start wanting to believe it. After all, who wouldn’t want these beliefs to be true?
  2. Move. Just do something. Motivation will not just turn up while you are sitting on the couch eating cookies (believe me, I know. I waited for quite some time…). You will be amazed at what will happen if you just move. The motivation and everything else you are looking for will appear as if by magic.
  3. Ask yourself why. For what purpose do you want to find the time to do this? If you wrote that bestselling book, what would it give you? If you worked out at the gym three times a week, what would that mean to you? How important is it really? Connect it with a higher purpose or value. Doing this will make you realise how important it is, and before you know it you will be out the door and on your way. Maybe it’s not as important as what you thought it was. In that case, it’s time to decide what is. Either way, this is a good exercise to do.
  4. Prioritise. What are you choosing to do instead? Is there something else you can give up in favour of what you want to find time to do? Have a look at what you are doing and see if you can carve out some time. How much time are you watching TV? Checking Facebook? There must be something you are doing that is of lower value that can be de-prioritised. Make a decision. Choose you.
  5. Focus. What you focus on is what you get. Choose to focus on this task more. Think about it more. Visualise yourself doing it more even when you’re not. Tell people you are doing it and how much you love it. Start identifying with it. ‘I am a writer/runner/racing car driver’. You get the idea.

What would you like to do more of? Go ahead and find the time. It’s there.

Confidence Equals Preparation

As I get ready for my Week One of the 12 Week Body Transformation (and there’s a fair bit to get ready!), I got to thinking about the old quote: ‘Prior Preparation and Planning prevents Piss Poor Performance’. So true. I know if I prepare for this week, I have a great chance of avoiding the poor performance that quote threatens.  I heard a better quote today: ‘Lack of confidence is born from a lack of preparation’. Shannon Wilburn (via Michelle Bridges). That resonated quite well with me, as it made me think of the times I have felt very confident and sure of a great outcome. All those times, preparation has been a major factor. One time that comes to mind is a rowing regatta in England. At the start line, I felt so very calm, and the race felt easy, AND we won! I barely remember the race, apart from the feeling of knowing my crew was working so well together, and the feeling of jubilation at the end was amazing. We had trained quite hard together over the season, so in terms of preparation, we had it in spades. So, my feeling of calm and confidence came from a solid foundation of preparation.

On the other hand, on the very same weekend, we put together a crew of eight for another race. We had all been training hard, but not together. We had also only decided to race together that day. I was nervous as many of the girls in this crew were great rowers. I did not feel prepared. My heart was pounding at the start line. The same place only hours before I had sat with a feeling of calm confidence. What had changed? During the race, I felt every single stroke with pain. It did not help that my oar inadvertently hit a duck. I was feeling terrible. We came second by only a small margin. It made me wonder what we could have achieved with a bit more preparation. And perhaps without the duck.

So, as you prepare for your week ahead, what are some things you can do to feel confident of a great outcome? If a metaphorical (or real, let’s not count that out) duck gets in your way, will you be ready?

Measure Success

After my April challenge, I decided to step it up a notch in June and commit to looking after myself health wise during winter. So, I signed up to Michelle Bridges’ 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge, and joined a community of like minded people determined to make amazing transformational change in their lives. Wow, what a bunch of people! So motivated and excited! I have a few of Michelle’s books and her recipes are tasty and she takes no prisoners when it comes to exercise. So, bring on the next 12 weeks!

The challenge started with a fitness test. A great opportunity to find out how long it takes me to run a single kilometre when I put my mind to it. As it turns out, 5 minutes and 14 seconds. How about that? The fitness test also included push ups, sit ups, a sit and reach and sitting against a wall for as long as I could. It got me thinking. We often set goals for ourselves, but how often do we look at where we are right now? Measuring our current state is a great way to work out how far we have come. Someone once said ‘if you can measure it you can manage it’. As it turns out, my current state of fitness is pretty good, but I can’t wait to see how I can improve once I set my mind to it over the next few months.

What can you measure right now, so that in one, two or three month’s time you can measure again and celebrate your improvement?