So much time
It occurred to me last week that there’s so much time to do just about anything we want to do. Disagree? Curious? Come with me for 60 seconds.
Last week I was approached by three people each sounding me out about me taking on a bigger role in my political life. They listed the reasons I’d be perfect for it and I gave them seven against in return. I won’t go into the minutiae of what passed between us as you really need five minutes of context to make sense of them.
After the third conversation I thought the universe was trying to tell me something. Then I had lunch with my husband who reminded me that I’m not looking to get deeper into politics (I once thought I might find being an MP rewarding and that I’d be good at it) and of the politically-induced teary weekends last summer. Nope, that bigger, higher profile role was not for me and it had everything and nothing to do with time.
I’m good at time-boxing and am clear on the impact I want to have in each compartment of my life each day, week and month (The Talent Keeper Specialists, family, personal wellbeing and politics being my big four boxes). Given each is usually brimming and often overflowing there’s no way to ram a bigger role into one without some serious consequences for the others.
Yet here’s the thing, if someone called me tomorrow asking me to guest edit Management Today for six months on top of existing commitments, I’d find a way to make it happen. And that’s because Management Today links to the aspirations I have for The Talent Keeper Specialists and would be a great platform to launch a new product we’re working on.
So this got me thinking about past, present and potential bright-minded coachees – perhaps you – who’s grappling with decisions about when to reach for something bigger, what to say no to and when absolutely to say yes even though you can’t see how you’ll make it work. Anita Roddick used to sell canvass bags (when canvass bags were edgy and cool) that said “if it feels good, do it” and that’s my thought for you this month.
If what’s been offered to you makes sense long term, say yes. You’ll work out how to make the mechanics work because you’ll be motivated to make it so.