Keith Yamashita in an article about his relationship with time said, “How we spend our time is how we spend our days. How we spend our days is how our life goes. How our life goes determines whether we thought it was worth living.”
So, lockdown thoughts.
Is my life where I thought it would be at this stage? Nope. It’s not.
Is it better than I thought it would be? No.
Is it worse than I thought it would be? Not really. But the going is harder right now.
I turn 50 this year and as a milestone in your life it’s a big one. I’m probably more dead than I am alive. We’ll see. The futurist in me disagrees.
A few years ago I decided that 50 was going to be when I made a big change in my life. A change from what I was doing to something different, more fulfilling. I was going to be fitter, stronger and wealthier.
That sped things up to a point where I had no idea where to spend my time. Fighting fires on one hand and so many opportunities on the other. Just pick one!
According to Mr. Yamashita I am where I am today with these thoughts because of how I spent my days. A mix of so-so-ness and wondering where it’s going wrong. Why business owner’s hands are so firmly jammed into pockets they are unlikely to ever come out.
That might not be good for me but it’s terrible for the economy. Business owners who are investing in their businesses are growing them. Business owners who are fearful are staying still. Which means they’re going backwards. A client of ours grew his online business by 97% over the past year. It took time but looking at the numbers gave him the confidence to invest and up his game.
Where you spend your time is how your life goes.
It applies to your business too. Where are you spending yours? Is it effective? How do you know? Are you looking at the right numbers?
I’m not clear on where I want to be right now so I don’t know which numbers to look at. The problem with that is that it feels like it’s not a life worth living. That sucks.
I’ll get clear soon though and you’ll be one of the first to know. Because once I’m clear, once I know what numbers are important it will be like attaching a rocket to me. Life will be worth living and 50 will have been my best year yet.
Think about how you’re using your time, adjust your relationship with it if you have to. You too will get a rocket attached to you and build a life worth living.
Mā te wā