magical time: what happened when I stopped believing there wasn’t enough
June 6, 2016
If you never feel like you have enough time, if you feel like you’re always racing, that you can’t rest–read on. This is for you. I was there, too. And then, something magical happened.
My husband walks in the door at the end of the day. He is happy. Happy to be home, happy to see me, happy to…just be alive. I am typing furiously away on my laptop. Gettin’ things done, hammering through my to-do list, hustling. Always hustling. He comes over to give me a kiss. I tense up.
What are you doing in my space? Can’t you see I’m busy?
I’m rushing to get all this stuff done so I can–
The list never ends. There’s always more.
Is This You?
If you’re reading this, I bet it’s familiar to you. I bet you’ve experienced a day–or day after day after day–just like this.
Well, after day after day just like this, I started to wonder, what if it never ends? What if we have kids and my business and coaching keeps growing, and the book keeps selling, and all of the events and new stuff involved with that keep happening and it NEVER SLOWS DOWN?
Which is EXACTLY what is going to happen. Exactly.
What I Stopped Doing
So, where does that leave me? I either get to keep rushing and running and racing against the clock.
Or, I don’t.
I began to wonder. What if there’s another way?
A part of me remembered:
You’re more powerful than you know. Remember. Remember.
I began to notice that every time I thought to myself “There’s not enough time,” I got tense, angry, stressed. My to-do list seemed never-ending. I spent every day rushing to beat the clock. The clock always won.
So I decided to test out something radical. Something illogical.
I stopped thinking that there wasn’t enough time.
I started questioning that belief, really looking to see if it was true. And I saw that no matter what I had on my to-do list, I always had enough time to get it all done. I started to see what I’d been missing: that there were times when I finished up all of what I wanted to do–early.
You might be thinking, “That never happens to me.” Really? Have you slowed down enough to explore this and really see what you might be missing, when you’re stuck in compiling evidence that you never have enough time?
What I Started Doing
I started realizing that time is INFINITE. That there is always enough time. Are you kidding me? How could there not be enough time? Time goes on FOREVER.
click to tweet: How could there not be enough time? Time goes on FOREVER.
Each time I caught myself saying “I don’t have enough time” I said “I will always have enough time. Time is infinite.”
And my to-do list didn’t get smaller. The number of appointments, emails, events, coaching calls didn’t go down.
But day after day, week after week, I had more time. I took more breaks. I made stuff in the kitchen fresh for lunch. I watched inspirational videos. Read articles. During my workday. And day after day, week after week, I got to the middle of the afternoon and I was done. Everything on my list.
I know that when I share this with people in person they will ask me: “Yeah, but HOW? All you did was stop telling yourself you don’t have enough time? That time is infinite and goes on forever?”
That’s all I did.
Don’t try to trust it. Test it.