In this field, one must shift their concept of time. A perceived commodity that is taken for granted every day. Now, I have told you before that being an entrepreneur provides freedom to push our business goals forward rather than someone else’s but pushing forward is a want not a given.
A shift in concept simply means understanding time as an investment. One of the riskiest investments you will ever make. There is no way of getting it back once it’s given but there are ways to assure yourself it is well spent.
I know that we restrict ourselves a lot based on others opinion. Thus, creating a waste cycle, which for right now can be thought of as a way to answer their questions. (Whoever they are for you) In all honesty, it is an unconscious creation because we spend so much of our lives thinking of ways to justify our choices and actions. Even though most people do not want to know, the answers are still created, just in case. This is the problem because it is a waste of time and mental capacity.
However, there is a way out of the cycle that requires some practice. All you have to do is give one hundred percent in the current moment and be aware of your thoughts. The ability to shift the mind back into focus when it drifts off with thoughts about other people. I know this does not make that much sense right now but let me explain.
When I say to notice the thoughts of other people, I mean when they consist of questions. Such as, what will they think about this, how will I explain it, what if they do not approve? These thoughts are the first step in starting the waste cycle. A cycle that should not take up any of your time. The choices we make only need to make sense to us, no one else.
Before learning the skill above, my mind was always drifting, making assumptions about what others thought about my time management. Especially the people closest to me, even though most of the time they did not ask about it. I realized that it was causing me to think more and analyze situations instead of taking action. Thus, causing me to be mentally exhausted as well as less action-oriented. Not to mention, kept me stalling on advancing further in my personal, business, and social life. Therefore, I started focusing on the tasks at hand and where my mind was at while doing these tasks. A skill that was usually reserved for meditating.
Before advancing further, the notion that no one can live my life for me nor can I live theirs stuck with me. The cement on top of my foundational bricks, so others can be added without falling off. The first few times I was unable to give one hundred percent and be aware without slight drifts. Yet, I told myself it is ok to drift, my mind is a muscle just like all the others in my body. Thus it must be trained to gain presence.
Presence is the goal
Personally, this is a major leap forward for me as well as everyone else. Being present combines effort and awareness by being in the moment, rather than physically being there but mentally somewhere else. It gives me the ability to sideline irrelevant thoughts that can be dealt with another time. Furthermore, productivity goes through the roof since there is no split between the mind and body. Focusing all my energy in one direction frees up more time in the day.
Moreover, as an entrepreneur, I know that presence is foundational. It allows not only for more time but ensures that every day is a step forward rather than backward.
When others ask how I can justify investing my time into gyming, travelling and taking weekends off. I tell them when it is time to work I am fully present in the work that needs to be done, thus allowing me to complete daily and weekly goals on time or even ahead of time. Passion for the work plays a role in all of this as well but it still needs to be combined with this skill.
I always offer a few tips to people when they ask me how I have achieved this focus and awareness.
A Few Tips
Now I know after reading this post you might be wondering how to keep up with this skill, below are a few tips that help me.
- Steppin away: Remove yourself from the task If it does not have your full attention.
- One step at a time: Complete each one Thoroughly, instead of rushing to move on.
- Goals: Advance yourself by Setting daily/ weekly goals.
- Acceptance: Some days are for self-care rather than business, just accept it.
- Remove others: No one can walk the path for you, but keep going!
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