I’ve been talking to people about life and aspirations. Most folks yearn for something that requires pushing past their current situation, which involves personal growth. Yet, those same people are quick to offer up reasons why they can’t possibly pursue that goal. One of the most popular excuses: no time.
Interestingly, my experience (and that of people I’m talking to) is self-improvement does not have to take a ton of time. You could be journaling, or reflecting on your day, or sharing a thought with a close friend and suddenly something clicks. Insight. It’s the fuel for self-improvement and it can happen in an instant, so we often describe it as an Ah-ha Moment.
Internalizing that insight so it propels you towards your goal or enables your growth is the trickier part. How can we make this part of the process as short and sweet as possible? Two suggestions: 1) Accept what you’ve discovered and 2) Make the most of your time.
Internalizing your insights is challenging because we fight against it. We’ve piled up our worries and anxieties; we’ve created limiting beliefs and habits. These become the source of the blockage; ultimately because we are afraid to deal with difficult emotions like fear and anger, even if doing so is beneficial. The sooner you confront those feelings, the quicker you put the new insight to work. Maya Angelou said, “When people show you who they are, believe them.” This applies to what your inner self shows you too.
When you encounter that big insight, accept it and follow it, it’s going to take you where you need to go. It may make you uncomfortable, especially as you change old behaviors, but if you practice reinforcing strategies and habits you can get past that.
The key is making time for those strategies and new habits in your jam-packed schedule. The time is there, but you need to locate it. Here are five options for finding time for personal growth when you have no time.
Here’s a bonus option: Turn off some of your notifications. I find breaking news alerts particularly disruptive. Not only do I re-read the same, often unverified news, it then clouds my train of thought, making getting back to what I was doing twice as difficult. Commit to the news once a day. You’ll stay informed and you’ll likely get back at least 30 minutes. That’s enough time to read, meditate, participate in a personal growth network or online community or any number of other personal growth activities.
We’re all guilty of occasionally using “no time” as a justification. Personal growth doesn’t have to be hours of intense work. Look closely at your day. With the right resources and a willingness to make the effort, you can find time for yourself and your aspirations.
Read on (Sources):
There are two mindsets that stop you from being as successful and happy as you can be, Susie Moore, The Business Insider, Nov. 20, 2017, 3:47 PM (http://www.businessinsider.com/2-types-of-fear-that-hold-everyone-back-from-success-and-happiness-2017-11)