Each week I share an impactful action idea designed to help you get from where you are to where you want to be. Today I want to talk to you about slowing down time.
In a previous post, I reviewed the book "Slipstream Time Hacking" by Benjamin Hardy and I also shared my thoughts on a quote from the book. Today I want to give you some suggestions to work on slowing down the pace at which your life is passing by.
As we get older, time seems to speed up. Ask anyone older than you and they'll confirm this. Think back to when you were a young child. Do you recall ever being concerned with time or thinking about the future? I don't. I remember wanting to be older, but I didn't spend a lot of my free time planning for the future. Worrying about time was something the grown-ups did. I was having too much fun playing.
In my 20s and 30s I really didn't think about it too much because I was just doing what I had to do to get by. Learning how to be an adult. Rarely did I think about the future more than a few days ahead. In fact, the only time I thought about the future is when someone asked me "What's going on this weekend?"
But once I hit my 40s, I started thinking about time a little bit more. I started thinking about the future more. I started wondering if this is all there is to life. I even started thinking about how much time I have left.
I'll turn 50 next year and I have spent the last year doing something crazy, at least by my standards. I made the decision to figure out what I truly wanted out of life and then commit to making it happen.
And you know what, it's been one of the most exciting years of my life.
I have focused a lot less on my past, I have tried to enjoy the present more and I've spent a whole lot of time thinking about the future. I've read a lot, worked a lot, learned a lot, thought a lot, and accomplished more than I have in a very long time. And you know what? This past year didn't fly by. It was a full year.
I've been reading a lot lately about the way in which we perceive time and it's really made me stop and think. Why is it that time seems to speed up as we get older? A day is still 24 hours right? There's still 52 weeks in a year.
So why did last year slow down when the previous years flew by?
Today, I want to share with you a couple of things you can do to prevent the years from speeding up and passing you by.
Make A Decision
Benjamin Hardy wrote in his book that if you feel stuck, the Universe is begging you to change. So the first thing I want you to do is decide to make a change. Tell yourself that enough is enough and that you are determined to live a Full Life. That decision alone will start the wheels of change in motion.
The second thing I want you to do is re-connect. These days there are a lot of people writing about mindfulness or being in the present. You can't slow down time by being busy. So put your phone down and enjoy the moment. Social media is doing nothing to help you live a Full Life.
Take in the sights and sounds. Talk to people face to face. Take time to be grateful for what you have and remind yourself of what's right in your life.
Too many people are completely disengaged these days, running around trying to get everything done on a never-ending to-do list. Slow down long enough to at least ask yourself, "Is this how I want to spend the next few years of my life?" If not, you need to make a change.
Questions to Ponder
Have you ever stopped to think about what you really want your life to look like? If you had all of the money that you could ever spend, what would your days look like? What is really important to you? These are critical questions you must answer if you ever hope to live a Full Life. Yet so few of us take the time to actually sit and think or dream or plan. And even fewer of us take action to make it happen.
Spend some time this week living in the present and thinking about the future. Figure out an impactful direction for your life and start heading that way.
If you have a long-range goal or bucket list activity you hope to accomplish "someday," ask yourself "What it would take to make that happen in the next year?"
A Full Life is a roller coaster, it has ups and downs. Sometimes it turns quickly and it can be scary, but have you ever gotten off a roller coaster and thought "Man I wish that would have gone by faster?" I doubt it. You probably wanted to go again. Unfortunately, life doesn't grant you a second ride. So you better make the most of the ride you're on.
Live your life with intention but enjoy every minute of the ride, so you can make an impact and live a Full Life.
Thanks again for reading, now go make an impact!
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