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Insights: Time Marches On
March 01, 2011
Time Marches On
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"There is never enough time to do everything, but there is always enough time to do the most important thing."
- Brian Tracy
Yes, believe it or not it's March already! Doesn't time just fly when you're having fun (or not as the case may be)?
Personally, I just love the month of March.
I guess a lot has to do with the fact that I live in a beautiful part of the Cape Peninsula that enjoys a respite from the unpredictable weather that we experience for most of the year, settling into a pattern of long, languid, warm and relatively windless days for much of the autumn period.
It's as if the Cape takes a collective breather after the hustle and bustle of the main tourist season and the extended school and university holidays.
A good time for reflection
As things settle down after the headiness of the summer holidays, heat and relatively hectic social calendar - but before the year gets too far advanced - I like to find time for personal reflection and reassessment of my goals.
The start of every new year heralds the desire for positive personal change on a massive scale. Yet, in all too familiar fashion as the months pass, the excitement wanes and the commitment to change diminishes until, around the time of Easter, new year resolutions become - for the most part - little more than faded memories.
Routine: A way to 'cope'
Thinking outside of the box is always helped by 'being outside the box'.
By that I mean that our imaginations and creative juices flow strongest when we are enjoying a break from our normal routines. Routines are the way we cope with, or 'survive' the pressures and challenges that day-to-day living dishes up for us.
As we settle back into the routines that we gladly said goodbye to at the start of the summer break, we quickly shed our high tech adventure gear and don our more traditional, perhaps more comfortable, yet decidedly more staid and boring survivor outfits!
A critical period for those seeking real change
Those of us in the life coaching industry who understand this cyclical dynamic and its effect on the human psyche know too well how critical the early autumn period is for those who want to bring about real change in their lives.
This is when we do our best to help our clients appreciate their day-to-day routines for what they truly are. For this is when it is most vital for those wanting change to hold the vision that they created during more energized times.
Challenge and opportunity
If you started the year determined to bring about positive change of some form or another in your life, then this period represents both a big challenge and a wonderful opportunity for you.
Each time you experience a seeping away of the motivation and inspiration for change that once buoyed you; each time you find yourself slipping back into the energy sapping routine of 'life as usual', know that there is a reason for this and that you can do something about it.
Ego - the great protector
Understand that your ego will seek to protect your 'identity' or persona (who or what you represent to the outside world) at all costs. Change is something to be resisted, as it represents a potential risk to your identity. So your inner voice (which is energized by variety) is quietened and your conscious or rational mind takes over, steering you into 'survival mode'.
The antidote is simple: Take a little time out to reconnect with your inner voice and your vision for change (often just 30 minutes will do). Follow that up by taking some decisive action, no matter how small, that will keep you resolutely on the path to where you want to be.
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