Doing Away with Time Management

I spent a lot of my time trying to manage time. I read books about managing time. I had private sessions on managing time.

The only problem: I still didn’t feel like I had enough time

If the framework you are functioning in doesn’t work for you, that is, it doesn’t allow you to succeed, then change the framework! So I’ve thrown out working in the managing time framework. What I replaced it with works much better.

Managing time is like managing waves in the ocean. The waves just keep coming no matter how much you try to manage them, and time keeps going. When I was younger, I used to get overwhelmed a lot. I would feel the pressures of deadlines, and getting everything done that needed to be done. When I would discuss it with my spiritual teacher and boss, John-Roger (J-R), he would tell me, “Just do what’s in front of you to do.” It was simple, yet true. I would do that, but because I was still relating to the idea of time, eventually I would get overwhelmed again. As I got older, still trying to manage time, I found that the thing I seemed to lack most was time. The time to do all that I wanted to do.

Recently, I had a realization that rather than manage time, I will manage my energy. As my friend and teacher, J-R, got into the latter years of his life, I noticed that he was much more ruthless with what he got involved in and where he put his energy. His body no longer had the luxury of youth, and so out of necessity he cut away involvement in engagements, decisions and even conversations that weren’t the most important use of his energy. In a way, what I have done is to apply the lesson in my observation.

Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs. – Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

Now, instead of thinking in the concept of time, I think in the concept of energy. Where does my energy go? It goes where I focus. So, now I choose what I will focus on. In terms of how that works in my everyday life, each day I look at all that I can do, all that’s on my to do list, and decide what on my list (or something not on my list) is the most important place for me to put my focus and thus my energy. In terms of my business, that would be to look at what is the most important thing for me to put my energy into in alignment with the goals of my business. When I decide what that is, I focus on those things until completion.

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. – Alexander Graham Bell

 

Since I am managing my energy rather than time, I find that small distractions can take more energy than they are worth, and so I keep my focus on what I’m doing. I batch the little administrative items to a time in my schedule, and put my energy into them and focus on them until completion when that is important.

Obviously, I still schedule things, and have a to do list. But my schedule is no longer about managing time, but selecting a time for meetings and a time for important things for me to put my energy into. My energy management is the focus, and scheduling my time is a tool.

What’s amazing now, is that, as long as I don’t move back into the “managing time” framework, I seem to have plenty of time to do everything that is important. Time now takes care of itself. It seems to manage itself just fine, just like the ocean manages the waves. Time manages itself far better than I ever could.

I also find that I am living in the present much more. I can only use my energy to do things in the moment. The only place we can actually do, the only time in which we can take action is in the present moment. In this moment I can choose what to focus on, and there my energy will go. I can think and feel about the past and future, but I can only think, feel and do in the present.

Here is the prime condition of success. Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. – Andrew Carnegie

 

So, if like me, you haven’t been able to manage time or always feel like you don’t have enough of it, try instead to manage your energy by choosing where you place your focus.

Episode 5: Lincolns Leadership & Getting Rid of Time Management

In this episode I talk about my struggles with time management, feeling like I never had enough time and how I was able to get rid of time management for a better framework.

 

The main part is a look at Lincoln’s leadership example and what we can learn from it, discussing one of my favorite books about the Lincoln, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, as well as an excerpt from John-Roger, on leadership (from the seminar Are You Surrendering Your Leadership avail. at MSIA.org)

Enjoy!

Episode 4: Jsu Garcia on Dreams

In the episode, Jsu and I look at how John-Roger (J-R) taught us, as part of our spiritual training, to use dreams.

I also talk about a simple tool that I has been using to loose weight and get healthy.

Jsu Garcia is an actor/writer/director/producer including making a documentary on John-Roger’s life called Mystical Traveler. Along with me, he lived and worked closely with J-R for many years. Most recently, he authored the book Love of a Master about his life with J-R.

Enjoy!

Quick Start Guide to the Money Magnet

Magnetizing your Consciousness to Attract Wealth

The money magnet is simple yet effective tool to building greater wealth in alignment with spiritual principles. I learned it from my spiritual teacher, John-Roger, and now I’m going to share it with you. A lot of people seem to compartmentalize money separate from the spiritual aspects of their life. Surely, to have outer riches without inner wealth is leaves one with a sense of emptiness and lack. However, if you are reading this than you most likely are working towards greater inner wealth, and there is no reason why your outer wealth cannot be a reflection of your great inner wealth. Rather than try to separate our material life, there is an opportunity to integrate all aspects of our life into a higher way of living, including how we handle money.
The money magnet works by allowing your money to attract more money, and by your vibration being magnetized by this process and your money magnet so you attract greater abundance. You’ve probably heard the adage “It takes money to make money” or “the rich get richer, the poor get poorer”? These are just pointing to the principle that (generally speaking) like attracts like. You can see this by looking into the world. Usually, over time, those who are wealthy, gather in places where other wealthy people live. Luxury shops will open near other luxury shops. So how can we make this work for us?

Pay Yourself First

The first step is paying yourself first. Most people pay the rent, the bills, buy their groceries and maybe enjoy some entertainment…and then whatever is left over is theirs. We are going to turn that on its head and pay ourselves first. When you pay yourself first, you start building trust with the basic self or subconscious so that it realizes that you actually get something from all the hard work you are doing. You may find that you start attracting greater opportunity and are finding more ways to make money just because some part of you knows that it will benefit.

10%

The magic number of how much to pay yourself is ten percent of whatever you bring home. Most people get a paycheck (often taxes may have been taken out already). It is ten percent of whatever you actually are paid or is deposited in your account, even if that’s after taxes. If you own a business, then it would be the amount your business actually pays you from the profits.

Cash

You pay yourself in cash. You don’t pay yourself with a check, that’s symbolic. You don’t put that money in a bank account, because now the bank makes money from your money. You don’t keep it in a safe deposit box because if the bank closes you don’t have access to it, and, again the bank now has your magnet… not you. That leads us to the next point.

Tangible, Accessible and Valuable

You keep your money magnet in tangible assets. Precious Metals (Gold/Silver) and cash are a good starting point. If you can’t trust yourself at first to not grab that cash that is on hand and spend it, then keep it in gold and/or silver. As you build your magnet, then add cash. As it gets larger and larger, there are other ways to use the magnet (some of which I go into in the podcast about the money magnet on iTunes here or listen below). The important thing to remember is that whatever you use your money magnet for needs to be tangible, accessible and valuable.
That’s the start. The most important way to know if this works is to do it!
Good luck!!!

Getting Un-Stuck from that Relationship, Job or Situation Where You Feel Captive

How many of us have had times in our lives where we’ve felt stuck in a situation in our lives that is no longer bringing us happiness and joy? I know I could raise my hand, both hands (and more hands than I have). It could be a job, a relationship, living conditions or any situation where we feel a captive. I found answers, or rather the right questions, in a seminar by John-Roger (J-R) called Nuclear Radiation from Ground Zero (the seminar is available here).

When you finally get sick and tired of being tired and sick, you can get to a place that J-R called ground point zero, where you are willing to pay the necessary price to get out of the situation. In that place, there is a new-clear energy that radiates. There is simple freedom and simple clarity.

Even if you haven’t reached that point yet, there are some questions you can ask yourself to get clarity. It may not solve your problem, but can give you a view point that is outside of your dilemma. Its an opportunity to be honest with yourself, so you can realize what it is that is stopping you from getting out of the situation and what it would be like if you were free of it.

Sometimes, just getting a greater understanding of where you actually are can start the process of change that you are looking for.

So here are the questions to ask yourself:

1. If I didn’t have (job, experience, degree, trade, wife/husband, kids, parents etc), if I didn’t have any of the things I feel trapped by, what would I do?

2. What is it that bothers me that makes me stay where I am when I feel a captive?

3. What price am I willing to pay to get out of the situation I am in?

As you contemplate the answers to these questions, or possibly write them down, you can find a deeper understanding of yourself and the situation you are dealing with.

You can listen to the Podcast on the subject on iTunes here or Google Play Music here