How often are you stuck deep in a cycle of worry, fear, and other forms of destructive overthinking? How often are you aimlessly distracted from what matters most? And how often do you feel like you’re running in place, with zero to show for your efforts?
I used to struggle with all of the above.
But, after carefully working through these struggles, I’ve become reasonably proficient at making the most of my limited time each day.
Today, for example, I calmly visited my doctor to check up on a health issue I’ve been overcoming, edited a chapter in a new book Angel and I are co-writing, coached three of our Getting Back to Happy students, responded to emails from dozens of students, worked on business planning and strategizing for the upcoming year, meditated, exercised, spent a quality late afternoon and early evening with my family, and of course now I’m writing this blog post.
It might seem like a lot, but it happens one step at a time with presence and focus. My mind is tuned in to what matters, and my actions reflect it.
With that said, however, I’ll be the first to admit that certain detrimental habits still occasionally sneak up on me and get in the way of my inner faith and overall effectiveness. And these are super common habits among my friends, family, peers, and students alike – these are the little things we all do that end up wasting our precious time. The word “waste” may sound a bit dramatic, but it’s really not. After spending the past decade coaching thousands of people, and working through my own personal struggles, there’s little doubt that these are the most popular ways we all collectively waste the beautiful days of our lives: [Read more…]