“No such thing as spare time.
No such thing as free time
No such thing as down time.
All you got is life time.
If you “don’t have time” for “this” or “that” today, you might as well just stop reading right now because you’re about to get monkey stomped. I acknowledge life is chaotic these days. Most of us are exposed to a constant influx of info and comms via smartphone, computer, heads up displays, smart watches, and pagers, of which a small percentage is mission critical. I’ll be the first to admit it is impossible to keep up with everything.
I know I’m not the only one. I can’t tell you how many times in conversation I hear someone say:
“I DON’T HAVE TIME”
Those words are like nails on a chalkboard for me. That’s fucking bull-shit. You don’t have time? Everyone has time. It’s a shame people don’t take ownership of it. The, “I don’t have time” movement perpetuates the “victim” mentality plaguing our culture today. I have no patience for it. “Someone took my time away”, “I don’t have it.” Fuck that.
These are the same people who in the same breath will ask if you watched the F·R·I·E·N·D·S series finale rerun this week. I’m calling bull-shit on, “not having time”. GFY.
Be a man, woman, grown up; take accountability for your inability to manage your time. Or, better yet, acknowledge that whatever you didn’t have time for wasn’t a priority over what you spent your time doing instead. You better hope your boss agrees the F·R·I·E·N·D·S series finale is more important than your TPS report. I know mine does.
At PAHQ, our days are no different than those of the common folk. We have lives, families, and extracurricular commitments. We have to train, test programs, coach, take phone calls, write blogs, run accounting, travel, build software, brush our teeth, get our hair cut, raise kids, feed dogs, do yard work and most importantly SLEEP. Life is busy. Life is chaotic. There’s no good way to get anything done any more. But we all make time for our training; typically we’re getting a full day of Field Strong in. But when life creeps in and starts to take over, then we mortgage our time and take advantage of the “flex training” schedule found in Grindstone. Either way, we make time.
But I don’t let anyone here get away with that, “I don’t have time” bull-shit; not even John. Our people own up and take accountability. We aren’t victims; we don’t fall prey to excuses like sheep to wolves. We are the fucking wolves. We all have roles and responsibilities and when projects are assigned and deadlines approach, our people either get shit done, or they don’t. And on the rare occasion something flops, we never get to claim we “don’t have time.” We own up and acknowledge we didn’t make the time. Then we need to account for how, exactly, our time was allocated. You can ask any member of the team, if something sits on my desk I’ll be the first to say, “I didn’t make time for it.”
Do yourself a favor, drop the, “I don’t have time.” phrase from your vernacular. Take ownership. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll learn how to manage your time. Power Athletes aren’t victims; they fall prey to nothing. They are wolves. No more saying, “I don’t have time.”
You have a life time.
I am the COO of Power Athlete, co-host of Power Athlete Radio, and a Power Athlete Coach. I've been coaching athletes, training clients, and educating 1,000s of coaches around the globe since 2007. I'm a lifelong multisport athlete, but my focus was football up through college where a neck injury forced me to hang it up.
Now I'm a stickler for productivity, and have a burning desire to empower athletes, coaches, and every day people who are striving to be better versions of themselves.
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