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Awakening Your Greatness

“Responsibility is the price we pay for greatness.”

~ Winston Churchill


When we look at those who are great in their sport, their profession or their creative expression, we sometimes experience a kind of “comparison despair.”  We think, “I’ll never be as good as they are, so why should I even try?”  As a result, we fail to tap into our own greatness.

There’s a seed of greatness in all of us, right now, as unique as a fingerprint. We did not create it ourselves – the Creator of life itself endowed us with it from birth. Nor do we have to continually generate it from scratch. We naturally cultivate and display our inner greatness one moment and one situation at a time, through our thoughts, words and actions.

The word responsibility holds the key to unlocking our highest potential. Think of it as two words in one – response ability. We may not be able to control circumstances, but we can always decide what meaning to attach to them, and then choose whether to respond from a place of personal power or merely react to them as a victim.  

Greatness is possible for all of us, every single day. Instead of thinking about what other people are accomplishing, celebrate the fact that you can be better today than you’ve been up until now, and notice the big and small opportunities for greatness in your life.

To Your Greatness!


Secrets of Time Abundance #3 – Master Boredom

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”

~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Most of us want to have a lot more time.  We want more time freedom, to be able to do the things that bring us pleasure and fulfillment. But when there is nothing in particular to occupy us, what do we find ourselves doing?  Too often, we’re grabbing for the phone, checking our email or surfing social media sites, turning on the TV, or flipping through a popular magazine. The opportunities for mindless entertainment truly seem boundless. When all else fails we may just sit around idle, feeling bored.

It’s a strange paradox that we desperately want free time, but whenever we have it we try to kill it. Killing even a few minutes or hours is anything but a victimless crime. It is a careless act that has serious consequences, because how you spend your time is how you spend your life.  As Benjamin Franklin observed, lost time is never found again.

Mastering boredom begins with awareness. The next time you’re tempted to fill a bit of spare time with mindless activity, simply notice the feeling and be present with it. Sometimes boredom is a way to avoid some thought or emotion, and if that’s the case acknowledge it. Then extend your awareness to what is right in front of and all around you. Appreciate the beauty of the outside world and feel gratitude for it. When you’re in this fully present state of mind, life will seem so magnificent and varied that feeling bored will become virtually impossible.

To Your Abundance!


Secrets of Time Abundance #2 - Take Your Time

The bad news is, time flies; the good news is, you’re the pilot.

~ Orrin Woodward

Time management is the focus of volumes of information, numerous expert theories and countless strategies. The irony is that digesting it all and implementing a plan could consume an entire lifetime, to the exclusion of any truly productive activity.

We often resort to multitasking as a strategy for getting the most work done in the least amount of time.  However, multiple scientific studies prove that our brains aren't nearly as good at doing more than one thing at a time as we think they are.  The human brain can only flit back and forth in fractions of a second, giving the illusion of multitasking. In actual fact we are just devoting less time and attention to each activity, and also being much less productive.

The solution is not finding a way to fit more tasks into a certain number of hours or minutes, but to prioritize those tasks and give each the attention it properly requires. This means giving yourself permission to take your time.

Don’t try to fight reality - accept that most things tend to take longer, sometimes way longer, than we anticipate.  When you’re estimating how long a project will take to complete, always assume that it’s going to take at least a little bit longer, maybe a lot longer, than you think. Allow for that time and give yourself a comfortable buffer zone.  Not only will you reduce or eliminate any feelings of overwhelm, but you’ll set yourself up for a pleasant surprise and experience a sense of greater accomplishment when everything gets done quicker than you expected.

To Your Abundance!


Secrets of Time Abundance #1 - The Myth of Scarcity

Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.

~ Lao Tzu

When we hear the word “abundance” most of us think about money, or health, or love. After all, without money it’s tough to survive. If you don’t have health, well, nothing else matters does it. And without love, life is missing something. But equally important, if not critical, is the idea of time abundance.

The majority of people struggle to get a little bit of extra time. It seems like there is just so much to do - in our personal lives, at work even at “leisure”. With so many demands on our time, it’s easy to say things like “I don’t have enough hours in the day” to defend against taking on even more obligations.  The trouble is that eventually we start believing that lie.

Let’s get clear – there is a difference between the perception of “not enough time” and reality. It’s a question of priorities. Some things are more important in the present moment than others. The truth is not “I don’t have time” but “I don’t want to do this”, and it’s perfectly OK to acknowledge that. We think there are so many things to do, but there’s always only one thing – and it’s what we are doing right now.

So let go of using time as an excuse and improve the quality of your life by improving the quality of your time.  Ideally that means doing work you enjoy, being with people you care about, or pursuing a personal passion. When you can’t be doing something you love, you can still experience time abundance by focusing your attention on the present moment. As C.S. Lewis observed, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” 

To Your Abundance!


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