“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.
John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.
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