Creating a better world demands conscious valuing of our time
Maybe its about getting older but I find myself increasingly focused on the value of time. Reflecting on how, where and with whom I spend my time seems more important than ever…not because I’m some ‘big cheese’, but because I, like each and every one of you, have skills, talents and hopes that I believe can contribute to making a better world.
Whether that’s in how I respond in my friendships and relationships generally, or the projects I decide to take on, or the work I do or the ‘leisure’ pursuits I choose. Valuing our own time might seem a little self-centred when all and sundry are making genuine calls on it…but that’s only true if your core life purpose is self-centred. If, like all exemplary leaders, you have a life purpose that is ‘other’ centred’ then making good use of your time is serving a bigger goal.
If each of us is truly playing to our strengths and talents and not our egos, then we will choose to use time in a way that serves a bigger goal. Being honest with ourselves about where we can, perhaps uniquely, make a difference, add value, help shift the game, takes us beyond ego and into service.
In a heavily congested world where every minute is increasingly under pressure, discernment is a useful ally. Where and how are you allowing time to be squandered, or at least used less effectively than it could be? This isn’t about becoming an efficient machine, it’s about a deep and loving conscious awareness of time as a precious resource.
Matching our talents with the important ‘actions’ that come our way, including being kinder, more loving and more present in our personal lives, brings our purpose to life. Expressing our leadership in this way moves us beyond stressed and hyper to purposeful and loving action. And each of us and our world will benefit from that.