Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Time Well Spent? You Decide

Time is the the only thing that I can think of that we all start the day with the same amount of. Some people have more talent, money, creativity or energy, but we all are equal when it comes to 24 hours in a day. How we spend those 24 hours is 100% up to us.

How many times to we find ourselves saying "I wish I had the time to _____." The truth is that we do have the time to do whatever that "it" is, is just that we haven't made it a priority or a high enough priority to let something go in order to cleave to the new. There could be a myriad of reasons that you either aren't letting go of something currently or making time for something that you say you want. There is no need to go into that, though I think one of the biggest reasons is fear. I've always thought fear isn't a bad thing at all, it's just a matter of how much control you allow fear to have in your life. Fear is present in battle, before public speaking and many other things. I believe it keeps us grounded, but if it keep s us from reaching for our dreams it has us captive and that it's healthy.

I found the chart below and twice I made my own lines of time spent. The first was what I desire my time to be spent more on and the second I had to step back and see how I really am spending my time. Guess what....the two weren't identical. It did provide for me a visual aid so I can see where I want to be spending my time and therefore reflecting my priorities. It also let me know where I need to let go as well.

As always, All the Best!

-Colin

A few quotes....

It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, 'What are we busy about?'
 ~Henry David Thoreau

Keep in mind that you are always saying 'no' to something. If it isn't to the apparent, urgent things in your life, it is probably to the most fundamental, highly important things. Even when the urgent is good, the good can keep you from your best, keep you from your unique contribution, if you let it.
~Stephen Covey

Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, "I wish I had," or "I'm glad I did."
 ~Zig Ziglar


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Things in 2012

So I have seen this new year (which I can't believe is already half over) as an amazing revamp for me personally and professionally.

Personally I believe I have become more self aware, expanded my vision & am happy with the reflection in the mirror every morning.

Professionally I was secure enough to walk away from a job that was secure in order to achieve what I wanted. (We should all enjoy what we do as we spend a lot of time doing it) We are never 'stuck' in a situation, it's just that at times the only way out is a big risk or my be uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong, I loved all of my co-workers and consider them family and the industry was and still is great, the company was poorly executing therefore I couldn't deliver the service levels that I felt my customers deserved.

After taking three months off recharging, doing volunteer work, spending more time with my family all the while growing a sweet beard I was ready to get back into the industry that I loved. It's an incredible feeling to know that I play a part in helping families move into houses to make their homes. They celebrate holidays, birthdays, play games, grow up and so much more all in those four walls.

I decided to challenge myself in a few little ways in 2012. The first being no more paper planners. I have made the switch to my iPhone and it's great! Way more convenient. I also said that I would either use LinkedIn or quit it, operate a business Facebook page and now finally begin a blog....we'll see how this one goes.

I believe that this blog will be as random as I am in that one day it could be a winery review and the next sharing a upcoming charity event or a tid bit of hopeful wisdom.

As always....All the BEST!

-Colin

Here is a beard picture per the request of my friend Debbie :) ...my lil' sis didn't approve of the new style!