Sometimes a little shift in perspective or changing the language we use makes a HUGE difference in our behavior and choices. Here's an example from my life to illustrate this point. I long ago decided that I wanted to reduce the number of meetings I do on Mondays and Fridays. The intention was to work *on* my business those days - to do administrative work or writing or other "behind the scenes" types of tasks. I blocked Mondays off with the label "No Meeting Mondays" and Fridays as "work or self-care time."
I recently noticed that most Mondays and Fridays - I ended up doing little-to-no work. Although I had the time blocked for it, there was no specific intention for how I would use that time, so I didn't.
I decided to rename the calendar blocks. Now Mondays are divided between "CEO Time" in the morning and "Creating or Writing Time" in the afternoon. Fridays are blocked for "Creating or Writing Time" now too.
This little shift in language has made a MASSIVE shift for me in terms of how I treat my business and my work. I am now showing up more consistently and addressing the important "business" of my business. My CEO Time allows me dedicated time to plan for the week ahead and decide how I will use my available time. And now I have dedicated time to write and create - things that I love to do and that are important in my particular business. I already feel more intentional and more productive and I know that this will lead to even better results.
And if something comes up that interferes with that planned time, I now reschedule that meeting with myself to another time. For example, I took advantage of the opportunity to go kayaking with a friend on a recent Friday and rather than just canceling the commitment to create, I rescheduled that time to the following Sunday when my daughter would be with friends.
What LITTLE shifts in thinking can YOU make to help you make a BIG shift in behavior and help you stay focused on your most important things? And what if you applied this same concept to how you think about YOURSELF or how you view your relationships with others?
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