Wellness Pathway #225 Take the Time

Whatever their primary goal, all LifeTrek coaching clients work on the unhappily named project of “time management.” It’s poorly named because there is no way to manage time, let alone to make time. Time makes and manages itself, one second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, century, and millennium after another. That’s what time does; it moves inexorably forward whether we like it or not.

What we can do is to make ourselves over and manage ourselves in time, paying attention to our energy and focus. When Woody Allen quipped that “90% of life is showing up,” he was reflecting this wisdom. The things we show up for, take the time to do, and give our attention to, determine much about the quality and outcome of our experience.

What do you take the time to do? Wellness suggests that we take the time to exercise, eat, drink, relax, and sleep on a daily basis. Do you take the time to do these things regularly? Many people come to coaching when they allow other things to get in the way of such basic activities.

It’s easy to get too busy, discouraged, bored, depressed, tempted, stressed, or otherwise distracted from these basic wellness activities. We’ve all been there at one point or another. That’s when a coach can assist us to get back on track. Conversation can reestablish the priority of self-care. Behavioral modification can lead to new daily habits. Environmental modification can make the whole process fun and even effortless.

Unfortunately, many people never get this far. They walk around knowing what they “should” do, and they may even imagine themselves doing it, but day after day, they fail to show up. It’s not enough to think about stretching, for example. Unless we actually stretch, we will never experience, know, or develop the benefits of stretching. Or again, it’s not enough to think about drinking water to experience the benefits of being well hydrated.

Coaching Challenge: Take the time this week to experiment with new behaviors. Show up for exercise, rest, and relaxation. Designate one day as your healthy eating day. Create a theme for the week that can support and challenge you into a new way of being.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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