For many people, including myself, they need to see something with their own eyes to believe it.
Tired of meetings that waste your time? Spend one minute in preparation for each minute you expect the next meeting you’re leading to last. This could be by sending a clear agenda, having pre-meeting conversations, or writing asynchronous communication to those that need to be informed but don’t need to be present.
Sick of getting emails that aren’t important? Send only five emails today. Imagine that each one cost you 10 bucks to send.
Discouraged by colleagues that can’t seem to tell your donors the story they need to hear about the impact you’re having. Share a changed-life story today on social media from a cause that’s doing it well.
Model the change you want to see and slowly, day by day, the unbelieving will come to see there is a better way.
Bottom line: We make time for things that are important to us.
The old adage holds true. If you want to know what’s important to someone, look at their schedule.
I’m learning to never say, “I don’t have time.” What that phrase really means is that it’s not important or I’m not organized enough to execute something. Life is about choices and how we spend the 24 hours each day that we’ve been given says a lot about what we value. (No one on the planet gets more or less than 24 hours in a day).
Victims claim, “I didn’t have time to do x,y,z because a,b,c happened to me.”
Champions assert, “Even though a,b,c is happening to me, I’m choosing to x and y, but not z, (and I’m secure with it).”
The whirlwind of life will always be present. How we choose to lean into it says a lot about our characters and values.
With two kids under two and preparing to make an international move, my discretionary time has been crushed to nil. On one hand, I feel like blaming my circumstances and listing off all the things I don’t have time for because of my circumstances. On the other, I realize that how I respond to my circumstances and the activities I choose in light of them establishes who I am and what I value (independently of what I might think or claim is important.)