Negotiate your Time

Have you ever noticed how often people complain, “I’m so busy”? Our culture seems to promote “busy” as a badge of honor.

DOING VS. BEING

So many of us are caught up in the treadmill of doing vs. being. I’ve been there at different times of my life. I now practice being present, gracious, and appreciative on a daily basis.

I take the time to look in my daughter’s eyes as she is talking to me. I play hockey in the yard with my 10-year-old. Every chance I get, I show unconditional love to my 17-year-old son. And I try continuously to be patient with my husband to keep the drama low. I never write a mean e-mail. I try to be honest at all costs, and make space for the tough conversations.

TAKE THE TIME THAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE YOUR NEGOTIATIONS

What’s the hurry? The paperwork, ideas, and proposals will be there in the morning. Americans are always rushing to the next thing. The lack of downtime is causing anxiety, depression, and endless stress that our bodies weren’t designed for.

We’re running around stuffing ourselves with diet cola, sugar, caffeine, unhealthy fats… and continuously making unhealthy food choices.

OBESITY IS BECOMING AN EPIDEMIC

The Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) says:

More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. [Read abstract Journal of American Medicine (JAMA)]

Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. [Read guidelines]

The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. [Read summary]

Americans are not flourishing as human beings. We all get the same amount of time: 24 hours a day, 60 minutes an hour, 60 seconds a minute. Use it wisely. Time is not an endless commodity.

Think ahead, when you’re in your older years, don’t look back on your life with regrets. Live with passion, joy, health, peace, and happiness.

Use your time wisely. Learn to negotiate wining, caring relationships that will sustain your business for many years to come.

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