How do you make the best of what seem like incredibly busy days? How do you use your time to the fullest – packing in everything you NEED to do and then at least some of the things you WANT to do.
I just spent a few days in Bali as part of a coaching mastermind retreat. It was a whirlwind of cocktail-making and perfume-making classes, relaxing at the spa, and sampling the local Balinese cuisine and even doing some cooking.
My job sounds tough, doesn’t it? But actually, that’s exactly where I’m going with this. It made me realize a few things about time and business and the supposed work/life balance we are all trying desperately to achieve (but most of us are falling short).
Billionaires don’t have any more hours in the day than you do
Despite only having a few hours per day to work on my business while I was in Bali, I was still able to get everything done and attend the retreat events, plus leave plenty of time to have a little fun.
If you’ve ever watched the show Shark Tank, you’ve heard the sharks talk about how time is the most valuable thing in the world to them. It’s far more valuable than money. So they guard it fiercely.
You and I might not be billionaires (yet), but we can have the same constructive attitude towards our time. If I set aside 3 hours to get a task done, it will take 3 hours. If I set aside 1 hour, it will take 1 hour. Time really does expand depending on how much you set aside to do a particular task.
While many business coaches advise their clients to set aside plenty of time as to prevent stress and overwhelm, I know the opposite to be true. Allowing too much time to get tasks done is a waste of a precious resource.
The more fun I have, the more money I make
Since quitting my corporate job and becoming a fulltime coach, I’ve earned more money than I ever could have made back in my day job.
At the same time, I’ve travelled at least once per month to exotic locations around the world. Even when I’m at home, I’m able to take a long lunch with girlfriends, do a little yoga, and relax at the end of a great day with a glass of champagne whenever I want to.
Because it’s key to my personal branding, fun is actually a part of my business model. No one wants a boring coach, right?
Make fun a part of your business and the success will follow.
Big goals are actually easier to achieve than smaller goals
It doesn’t take 10 times the effort to achieve a goal that is 10 times greater, does it? Why is that? Because you show up differently when in the process of achieving a bigger goal.
It also changes how you approach the concept of failure. Even if you don’t hit your 10 times greater goal, you will still reach a better result than if you just aimed for a more attainable, conservative goal.
When failure doesn’t feel like failure, it’s not quite such a big, scary thing you’re avoiding. That leads to making fearless decisions to reach that huge goal.
So take a look at your goals and see if you’re falsely limiting yourself or if you can go for the huge, far off dream that you want today rather than someday.