Have you ever uttered the sentence, “I don’t have enough time.”

Or, do you have a list of what you would do if you only have “enough” time?

I grew up as a list maker.

I’d even add things to my list after I did them as I was obsessed with being efficient and getting things done.

My days were spent running around trying to complete my “to-do’s” that I rarely had time to spend with people who I said mattered most to me.

Today, I get more done without losing what matters most.

See, most people operate on autopilot.

You may have settled into a comfortable life giving up on your own dreams because you were told it was time to grow up and get a real job.

Growing up becomes about bills to pay and taking on “serious” responsibilities like mortgages and car payments — until one day you get a wake-up call.

A health scare

A loved one who suddenly dies

A missed opportunity

Then – and only then – you set out wondering how you got where you are. And, see where you aren’t.

At Design Your Destiny Live, I tell attendees not to wait for that wake-up call to design their destiny.

The time is now.

The world needs you and your brilliance.

Recently I taught a class on “Turning Productivity into Profitability”.

This is simply about effectively investing your time in what matters most to you and getting a return on your investment.

We all get 24 hours a day – Oprah, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr, etc.

Courageous leaders get that every minute matters and see it as a blessing, not a stressing.

Becoming hyper-focused with your lack of time creates more lack.

I learned this through the Power of the Pause.

Throughout the day, I practice being still just for one minute.

It often feels like a very, very long time.

Yet, you get 60 of these every hour – and you get 24 hours each day.

A minute of pause allows me to life my head and get perspective.

I can ask if what I am doing is off-point and needs adjustment, or is the best use of my time in the moment.

A minute allows me to take a breath and be open to receiving rather than forcing.

A minute allows me to check in to see if I need to take care of myself.

On the other side of a well-invested minute, I will be more effective and positioned to make better use of the minutes remaining.

Action

The return on that minute invested pays big dividends.

The Upside Challenge of the week is to schedule several 1-minute breaks into your calendar every day this week. Practice a) relaxed breathing, b) checking in about what you are doing, and c) checking in about what you need.

When you take a minute, notice what happens. The world needs you and your brilliance.

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