I heard an interesting story the other day, and it goes like this:
In the jungle, the gazelle goes to bed every night knowing that, in the morning, he must run faster than the fastest lion in order to stay alive. Meanwhile, the lion goes to bed at night know that, in the morning, if he is going to survive and eat, he must be faster than the slowest gazelle. In the morning, both are off and running in the pursuit of survival.
Is that how you feel most nights before you go to bed? Do you feel like you are running for you life – and sometimes like you are the proverbial hamster on the wheel? Do you wake up in the morning exhausted because you know the chase that awaits you as soon as you step outside the front door?
What is it that drives the feelings of anxiety in so many people? Why do they feel like they are on a treadmill that is going nowhere?
I think one of the most basic answers to these questions is that we confuse activity with productivity. We falsely assume that just because we are busy, that somehow means that we are being productive – and, quite frankly, nothing could be further from the truth.
A lot of my time as a business and personal coach is spent helping people become truly productive. Last year I was speaking to a group of people on the topic of time management. One of the men in the audience commented that he had worked with a personal coach for some time and that all he had gotten from the experience was “another to-do list from hell”. He asked me what I thought of that. My response was simply, “Shame on your coach!”
As a business and personal coach, my job is not to give my clients more to do. Many of the problems they are facing in life are the result of having too much to do already. My job is not to add stuff to plates that are overflowing and overwhelming people. My job is to get them focused on doing the right things.
Focusing on the right things requires knowing what you want from life – spiritually, financially, physically, emotionally, and relationally. Once you have that part of things nailed down, it serves as a filter that separates all of the “stuff” in your life into two categories – those things that are essential and those that are wasting your time.
Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel like the gazelle who is about to be taken by the lion? Or do you feel like the lion who is chasing the gazelle of life and success all day only to lie down at night hungry and defeated? If so, CALL ME! I can help you get focused on the most important things for your life and begin controlling life instead of letting life control you.