Are you spending your time on the right things?

Because time is the most important thing you have.

Give yourself permission to dream_FacebookAs a coach, I talk with a lot of people about what is most challenging for them in their lives. One of the top answers I get? Time.

“Seems like I’m running out of time from the moment I wake up until I fall into bed at night – exhausted.”

“I have so much on my plate, there’s no time for me.”

“I want to change my situation, but I’m so busy I don’t have time to think about what I really want to do.”

I get it. I’ve said these things myself!

And eventually, this thinking and behavior made me feel stressed out and powerless. Like some outside force was controlling my every move. Making me plow through endless to-do lists, race to meet deadlines and take on more and more work.

It took me awhile to realize the truth: I actually have the power to choose how I spend my time. So do you.

Now I’ve made some choices. To follow my dreams. Make a difference for others. And live with joy.

Big goals. Am I successful in doing them all the time? Hell, no! I still get caught up in the crazy – busy trap of “have to,””should,” and “must,” spending my time on things that really aren’t that important in the full scheme of life.

The other night I got myself all wound up thinking about things I “have” to do. Decide about a possible relocation. Make changes to my business plan. Hire an assistant. It’s no surprise that I had trouble falling asleepmy mind was set on spin cycle and was churning away.

As often happens, the universe stepped in the next day to get me back on course. Stopped me in my tracks and quickly made me realize how I was spending my time – worrying, stressing and complaining. Not focused on what matters.

Here’s what happened. While searching for a clip on YouTube, I came across the recording of The Last Lecture by Dr. Randy Pausch. Randy, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just before his 46th birthday. He died less than 2 years later, leaving behind a wife and three young children.

His last lecture, delivered with courage, humor and grace, focused on living. Following your dreams. Enabling the dreams of others. Valuing people over things. And having fun.

What a powerful reminder to spend your time on what really matters.

Take a listen to Randy:

CLICK HERE for a 3 minute clip.

CLICK HERE for a 45 minute clip of his Last Lecture (inspiring and funny, but I got teary).

Here’s to living your dreams!

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