This past weekend, I had the tremendous honor of meeting and briefly being taught by Henry Kimsey-House, co-founder of The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and one of the creators of the co-active coaching model. It was partly because of an interview in Utne Reader last year that I realized that I wanted to be a coach and train with CTI. The article focused on making intentional decisions in life: focusing on what’s important and then taking action. So, in the spirit of this encounter and the upcoming end of daylight savings time, I would like to offer some thoughts on choices and managing time.
If you tell yourself that you’ll start doing something when it slows down, when its a little less crazy…guess what? It will probably never slow down and be less crazy that it is now. As a matter of fact, there’s a good probability that it will be even more hectic in the future. Yet, instead of this being an absolute truth, consider this to be just one story or perspective that keeps you from stepping up to bigger and better things. What other perspectives can you generate that might help you start something that’s really important?
Along with considering other perspectives, take some time to make sure that everything that you’re doing right now is in line with your core values. Are you doing anything that is unimportant (or less important than the other activities), but seems to take up your time anyway? Consider making some intentional decisions about what fits into your life right now.
To borrow liberally from Billy Crystal, “When you finally realize what you want to do with the rest of your life, you want the rest of your life to begin as soon as possible.” What do you want to do today?
By the way, visit http://www.utne.com/pub/2003_117/promo/10492-1.html for the interview with Henry.