I Don’t Have Time to Read This Blog Post!
If you feel that way, don’t worry, I didn’t have time to write it either!
Do you ever feel like the day is too short, and there simply isn’t enough time to get everything on your to-do list done?
Or, do you ever hear yourself say things like:
Where has the day gone?
How am I possibly going to get this finished?
I’ve already missed the due date!
I am overwhelmed.
These questions and statements have become commonplace in our culture. We all understand how a person feels when they say they’re overwhelmed, and we hurt for them when they cancel family activities to stay late at work to complete that final project. We understand because we ARE them. We tell ourselves that, “This is life and, in order to achieve the success we’re looking for, we must embrace the busyness that has become the norm.”
This has been a topic of conversation for many coaching clients as of late. If you feel this way, you are not alone.
Is it possible that there is something else going on besides the statement we’ve made? Is it possible that this busyness we keep choosing is not actually what we want? Or, worse, are you willing to consider that this crazy whirlwind of a life is actually keeping you from fulfilling your life’s purpose?
So, where do we go from here? Life is crazy, but I don’t want it to be….now what?
First, it’s helpful to recognize that beneath every judgment like those listed above, there are underlying culprits at play. We may say the things above, but we might actually mean something like….
Why was I not smart enough to prioritize my day better?
What will people think of me if I don’t complete this task?
I’ve failed again...big surprise.
There is too much to do, and I can’t handle it.
What if those statements we listed earlier are actually cries for help? What if our stress and anxiety are trying to tell us something? Are you willing to listen?
Are there statements you hear yourself say on a regular basis?
If you can’t think of any, would you be willing to ask your spouse, your kids, your co-workers, or family members what they hear you say?
The first step towards your vision is interrupting the garbage that tries to keep you stagnant and spinning your wheels, even if you think it’s normal to feel that way. Investigating those thoughts and judgments is quite possibly the key you’ve been looking for to unlock the seemingly never-ending hamster wheel you’re calling life right now.
Will you be brave and patient enough to get curious about what comes up for you?