At Essential Training, we’re pretty lucky that we regularly come in contact with a lot of successful people, in all senses of the word. However, in the last few weeks, I’ve noticed how little space most people give themselves.
What do I mean? I mean people’s lives are so full they don’t have a second for themselves. If they’re not busy with work, sitting in front of a laptop or with a client, they’re on their phone, sending emails or scrolling through social media. They have family commitments, social events, holiday plans. It’s all go.
A friend of mine was told to rest by his physio and he trained twice the next day. Another friend started a full-time Masters course and applied for a new job, all in the space of a week. I was on the way to soccer training, sending emails at each red light. My girlfriend wasn’t impressed.
Being on the go all the time can take its toll. It’s like a blue sky, covered with large grey clouds. Without space, you don’t get to feel your emotions, you don’t get to listen to yourself. You can’t see the blue sky. Decisions get made out of expediency and for convenience, rather than with your gut. Conversations lack substance and the people around you start not to feel heard. I mean, how can you hear someone else, when you can’t even hear yourself?
Think of a part of your day where you can create some more space. Take a bit longer to enjoy your morning coffee, or take an extra few moments to gather yourself before you start work, or even before you arrive home. You’ll start to see the bits of blue between each cloud. Clarity will appear.
Where can you add space to your life?