Today’s Mandala Message: Be Selective With Your Time
This week I’m working through Principle #25 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Drop Out of the ‘Ain’t It Awful’ Club…And Surround Yourself With Successful People”. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of being selective with my time. Even though Canfield mainly focuses on people with this principle, I also feel it’s important to be selective with how I spend my time…along with whom I spend that time.
I’ve come to realize that “time” is a sacred resource…we only have so much of it, so it matters what we do with it. I admit I’m find myself succumbing to social media and other time-wasting distractions which keep me from focusing on my goals. I know that when I’m more distracted than usual, I know I must be getting pretty close to doing something important, something that will bring what I do to a new level, something … that scares me. So when I catch myself in these distractions, I do what I can to get back on track…taking a walk, taking some deep breaths, doing some stretches, …anything to break it up and focus back on my goals.
This may seem like I need to be doing, doing, doing, all the time…and yet I know that taking breaks, napping, resting, reading a fun-to-me book, indulging in a “guilty pleasure” are just as important. The difference is my intention. If I’m intending to work on a goal and am instead scrolling through social media, that means I’ve let myself get distracted. If I set a conscious intention to take some kind of break, then I know I taking care of myself and replenishing my body, mind, and/or spirit.
So how about you? How do you spend your time? Are you selective with your time? Do you notice when you’re distracted?
“Lost time— Benjamin Franklin
is never found again.”
The Mandala Lady
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