I Just Don’t Have The Time.
I’d like to continue the thread from my last writing about the importance of Creative Power in the new economy.
As I mentioned in the last issue, we are in the very early phases of determining new ways to value human contributions to the economy. The massive shifts that the Internet is driving have made it such that everyone is competing for value because now we all can benefit from each other, globally.
For those of us living in countries with advanced economies, if one day in the future we are no longer being directly rewarded for the time we spend laboring on something, then the way we relate to time will take on a very different mindset. Time is the essential commodity in our lives (until we figure out the technologies of time travel or life extension) because it is the defining resource of our life, but if we are no longer applying a monetary value to our time, how will we think about leveraging time to create and extract value from it in society.
Obviously, we will have to think differently about how we “spend” time.
I want to share an excuse that stopped me for years from developing a practice of self mastery. For the many years I spent failing to commit time to working on me, the general thought that most often justified that decision was “I just don’t have the time.”
Have you ever used those words?
When I look at those words now, they represent avoidance. They are the embodiment of conventions that we pass to one another that are disempowering and imprisoning.
What the hell did I mean “I just don’t have the time?”
If I don’t have the time, who does? Somebody must have it. The time exists, and it’s not being spent on its own. Somebody is spending it. Someone is calling the shots here.
I was unconsciously giving away my power every time I used these words to avoid doing what was good for me. Unconscious being the key word here…
As of this writing, I’ve committed to meditating 10 minutes a day, everyday for 70 days. There are a couple of significant things about this:
First, that’s almost 12 hours of meditating. Ten minutes a day, done everyday, adds up pretty quickly. Who knew.
Second, I’ve developed a tiny awareness of the difference between me and the constant barrage of thoughts that occupy my head on a second by second basis. That tiny awareness has resulted in better energy management. I’m not running around chasing every thought that runs around my head as if that thought is me. I now have a small ability to observe a thought, evaluate it and choose whether or not to engage it.
I say small ability because this isn’t happening all day every day, but it is happening more often than it used to.
That small ability, and the energy it saves, is making me more potent.
There is leverage in potency.
Potency is the force multiplier in the equation of time and output. A distracted minute and a focused minute are not the same minute. They don’t create the same value. They don’t create the same impact. Spending ten minutes a day in this way is making me more viable economically, because I’m more potent overall as a result of it.
Who doesn’t have ten minutes a day?
While I’m using mindfulness as an example here, anything that improves well-being and increases consciousness contributes to one’s potency and thus produces leverage in the act of value creation. Sure, you can always push through tasks being less potent with hard work and talent, but it is a less efficient use of your most limited and precious resource, time.
A good night’s sleep makes you more potent the next day.
Every moment that you don’t have to recover from abuse (self inflicted or otherwise) is a more potent moment.
Reserving your time for your creative work AND doing that creative work makes you a more potent creative.
“I just don’t have the time” is a very powerful statement, and useful in the right circumstances. Use it to keep the time suckers away, not to avoid your opportunity to become a more potent human being.
Have a grateful day.