Time management tips that attempt to avoid all risk carry one guarantee; they will waste your time. On the other hand, strategic risks foster vitality and growth in countless areas of your life. But exactly how do you risk wisely? Well, the following 3 guidelines will help you discover what challenges to embrace to make the most of your time.
1) Dare to create dynamic goals.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Neals Donald Walsch
Unswerving loyalty to an old goal may provide the illusion of stability. But goals can trip you up unless you periodically review them to see if they remain a good fit for you.
Perhaps your work skills have evolved considerably and have not been rewarded. You might be settling for a job that no longer challenges you. Be alert to telltale signs such as boredom and resentment. Consider asking yourself each evening, “What lessons do I learn from my day? How does what I now understand inform my goals from here on?”
Create goals that present a genuine stretch. Envision how these goals will bring out the very best in you. And validate each way you evolve in response to your experience today. What feeds your confidence feeds your dreams.
2) Risk from your heart.
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
e. e. cummings
For the greatest gains, invest your most valued currency – yourself! Unless you engage fully, you merely minimize losses and bypass significant lessons. To grow, learn. To learn, care.
Congruent Choices + Self Loyalty = Power and Inner Balance
Identify one doable risk to make your day more fulfilling. Perhaps you need to say no to an activity you once shared with others. That can feel like going out on a limb!
When risking from the heart, look to yourself.
This deepens self-reference. And you stop perpetuating the illusion of controlling others. Illusions, of course, always let you down and waste your time.
3) Create balance through momentum.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Do you tend to freeze under pressure? Self-doubt can be paralyzing. When you are tempted to hunker down rather than grow to meet changing circumstances, think of balance when bicycling. You need a certain level of speed to keep from wobbling and then toppling!
Dynamic growth, you see, stabilizes you because you remain engaged. To fully participate in your life, perhaps you need to broaden your base and include more variety to your time choices.
One way to assess your range of pastimes is to explore which basic needs they satisfy in you. For example, in what percentage of activities do you:
* Give to others?
* Foster personal growth?
Are your time commitments lopsided to favor only one or two of the above categories?
Also, do your ‘give-get-grow’ time choices share a theme like embracing challenge or building community? What do common themes tell you about yourself and your values? How do they affect your stability as you transition from one set of activities to the next?
There’s safety in spunk.
“Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”
Sir Winston Churchill
Some outer-directed risks like gambling threaten your safety and your welfare. But extending yourself by using these tips is more than safe – it’s life-giving! Investing time to build capacity reflects your dedication to grow and thrive. So long as you commit to learning each lesson and dealing with all consequences, you know you will enhance your life by expanding your understanding. Strategic risking is the most profound investment you’ll make to honor the time you spend every day of your life.
So how will you use this wisdom today?© Copyright 2013 Paula Eder, Ph.D.