You have awesome dreams, right? So... how come you haven't achieved them yet?
This can seem like a harsh question but why shouldn't you ask it of yourself? What are your excuses?
The truth is, we are all given exactly the same amount of time as the world's great achievers - so let look at the following breakdown to see just how these people manage to do what the rest of us grumble that we don't have time for...
The day is made up of 24 hours, no matter who you are 24
Ideally, you sleep for eight hours (adjust accordingly) - 8 = 16
You work for 8 hours; time is dwindling fast, isn't it? - 8 = 8
"Life stuff": commuting, cooking/meals, household chores, auto care, pet
care, shopping, cleaning, personal care, exercise, relaxation and
quality time spent with friends and family - 6 = 2
Okay. That leaves you a grand total of two hours every workday to get something amazing done. This doesn't take into account weekends!
Now, what do most people do in their free time? Watch TV. In fact, the average American throws away, for ever, 4 hours of every day in a zombie-like state watching reality TV while life passes them by. Hmmm... that means they're hacking away at the essential "life stuff" and their dreams! How lame! Again - that can sound harsh, but only if you are among those who choose to spend their time this way and then complain you don't have time for anything. If you use your time wisely, you know this is true.
Okay. We're down to 2 hours of 'free' time, Monday through Friday.
If you are not efficient and organized, you spend a portion of those precious two hours getting ready to do the life stuff.
So how do you take control of those 2 hours?
PRIORITY #1 is to make yourself a daily "hit list" of MUST-DO things and figure out an organizational system in your home and workplace that makes everything you need easily accessible. Don't waste time searching for the vacuum cleaner bags or peoples' contact information. You don't have that much time left for your dreams! Become more efficient at the life stuff and you might actually end up with even more free time!
Priority #2 is to STOP DOING and start being. Yes. STOP rushing around like a preschooler on a sugar buzz! Take 15-30 minutes of those precious 2 hours and meditate. Just sit and do absolutely nothing. Why? Because during meditation you can:
- visualize the ideal situation
- use your imagination to create solutions
- master your mind
- relax (so you don't run yourself ragged)
- reprogram your self-limiting beliefs
Okay. So by taking 30 minutes every day to meditate, you are left with 1.5 hours of time to create something awesome... AND you've done a lot of very important self-work during meditation. Cool, right?
That still leaves you with 1.5 hours every (week)day to achieve anything you desire.
So to get rid of those pesky excuses that keep you from being your best and achieving every dream you have, take the 1.5 Hour Solution Challenge:
1. Make a plan. Identify what you need to do and have in order to achieve your dream.
2. Break down the plan into short action blocks of no more than one hour.
3. Do one of these 'blocks' every day. That's 5 hours PER WEEK spent on your great dreams.
4. That leaves you with a half an hour every day. During this half hour, don't work on your dreams. Work on yourself. Read; learn; exercise more; meditate more; journal; daydream, play, do what makes you happy, and nurture your relationships.
If you do this every weekday for a month, you will have spent thirty hours every month creating awesomeness. Add some time on the weekends, and you are an unstoppable, goal-driven master creator!
I raised 2 kids and still managed to work on my dreams. If there's a will (and a plan) there's a way! Best wishes to all dreamers! ~ Jarmila