To Fly or Not to Fly That is the Question Homey!
The other day my youngest son asked me if I could have any super power in the world which one would I pick. After a few minutes of deliberation, I told him I would pick the power to fly. I thought it was a pretty good answer. In return I asked him what he would choose and here is what he said, "I would pick the ability to alter time, dad, so I could go back to important events in my life and see them over again."
After hearing him speak I wanted a do-over, I wanted to pick his answer.
My 9 year old son had managed, in that one sentence, to sum up what most people carry as one of their biggest regrets in life, not enjoying the moment.
We've all heard the expression, "stop and smell the roses," and I think that's what he was talking about.
But what if we had the ability to tap into that super power and alter time? How many of us would seize the moment?
A few years ago I heard a speaker named Sean LeClaire talking about slow down coaching. His premise was to have people as a "race" (no pun intended) slow down and begin to proactively plan their lives based on what was important to them, instead of running blind and reacting to what life threw at them.
This isn't news nor is it new information to any of you. I'm sure many of us have talked about this for years, and generations before us have shared the same challenges of not enough time to do everything in a day.
But I want to challenge you.
If you're living your life exactly the way you want, I congratulate you.
If you're not then I want to challenge you. Take 20 minutes (that's 1/77th or exactly 0.0139 of a 24 hour day) and go somewhere you won't be disturbed. On a piece of paper record how satisfied you are with your life right now. Include in your list such areas as:
- Family time
- Where you live
- Time spent with those that are important to you
- And any other area you deem valuable
Rate on a scale from 1 to 100% how satisfied you are right now with your circumstances and on a second scale write where you would like to be. (1 being low and 100% being full satisfaction)
Think of one thing that if you changed it that one thing would move you up the scale. Then think of what steps you would need to take to create it. Break the steps down into smaller steps, more manageable steps and begin moving forward toward what you just wrote was important to you.
You just tapped into your super power. How many of us actually take the time in a day, a week, or even a month to sit for just 20 minutes (0.0139 of a 24 hour day) to plan;
- what we want
- how we'll get it, and
- what it will look like when we have it
Ever hear this one, "people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan." Be a planner, be a change agent, be a super hero and alter "Your" time.
What will you do with your 1/77th of the day that will move you toward your goals?
Oh, and by the way, at the end of the conversation my older son told my younger boy "Dad's right, you don't want to be able to bend time, you'd rather be able to fly, chicks dig guys that can fly."
On second thought how could you argue with that?