Good Wednesday morning to you. We are at mid-week in our theme of Time. Last night while heading back from Phoenix, I thought about this concept of time zones. In Dallas we live in the Central Time Zone. To dive to Arizona at this time of year you pass through Mountain Time and into Pacific Time. For me, changing time zones can be a great way to get some extra energy while traveling. It takes me from my comfort zone and when you drive it instead of flying, you become more comfortable and adjust to it a lot easier.
So last night I was driving along the New Mexico-Texas border at about 8 pm. It was a great thing. I was able to watch the sunset to the left of me, and the moon rising to the right. All the while on my left it was Mountain Time and on my right it was Central Time. It was like I was suspended in time. Do you ever wish you could gain time? As I was traveling over the past week I thought, “Wow, I’m gaining time!” Of course, really it was still the same time; the clock had just changed in the places I was.
For those who live in Arizona, their time stays the same, part of the year they are on Mountain Time and part of the year they are on Pacific Time. But they are not the ones who change.
In your life maybe you are at a point you wish you had more time. Yesterday we talked about what quarter you are in and the idea of life being like a ball game time clock. Well here is the thought to take that another step. Maybe you feel you are in the second half of your life, that time is now on the downhill for you. As we get older time seems to move much faster. It’s still the same; it just seems to get away from us more. No matter where you are in the game, you cannot just switch a time zone and gain more time. You must play the game you have been given.
More times than not when coaching people they say they wish they could go back to the beginning and start over. My coaching is about starting over but doing it while using the knowledge you have picked up over the years to make a better result out of it this time. You see those guys who play sports get another refreshing chance by starting a new quarter knowing everything they learned in the preceding quarters.
What I have been doing this week is taking care of some things that I wanted to do last time I made a trip west for fun. This time I left earlier than I’d planned and took some of those mountain pass roads that just show you joy in every turn. Time did get away from me; it took a little longer but the wonderful sights of the mountains, the ride traveling though all those twists and turns was worth it. It made me think of a movie line: “Life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and look around every now and then it will pass you by.”
So you cannot short-cut time; you are still in the game. Life is a time line that is different for each of us. Have you realized what your time is worth yet? We get one chance in life. If what you are doing is not working, you still have time. Make this next quarter count. Take some time off the beaten path and see what you have been missing. I did and my life is much better for it.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time for you to live the life you always wanted, to love what you do and those you share life with. Get a plan to make yourself the RockStar in your world. I