Gimme Some Time (To Be Clear: How to Make More Money, with Less Stress)

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white rabbit with clockDo you know the White Rabbit in
Alice in Wonderland?

He and I used to have a lot in common.

“I’m late / I’m late / For a very important date.
No time to say “Hello, Goodbye”. / I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.”

(from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland)

The White Rabbit and I were always in a hurry.  We always needed some time-       but didn’t have it.  And we needed less stress- but couldn’t make that happen.

Overall, we never had time – for anything.

I decided to put an end to that this year.

I wanted to find out how to make more money- and I did.

Money, in fact, was entirely tied in to time. And also, to stress- you need less stress, to be able to make more money.

Here are the 3 three things I did to create time.

1.    Withstand the Anxiety. 

When I had to create a course, a webinar
and a new site in 60 days…

I said “No” to a great website program,
“No” a great course-creation program, and “No”
to 2 more programs I was offered for free.

I won’t lie to you.  The anxiety was gut-twisting.

What if there was a nugget of information in all
those programs that would (gasp!) change my life?

Maybe there was.  But if I was going to trust,
I was going to believe that it would show up
again when I needed it.

Meanwhile, what would really change my life
was the work in front of me.  OMG, I thought,
this is going to be hard.

But it was amazingly easy to create the
course.  No torture.  It just flowed out.

Then it dawned on me – it was easy because I had
hours of free time with no distractions.

I discovered deep pools of time I didn’t know
were there.  It was a revelation.

The projects were done a month early.
Creating them was fun.

I did less and achieved more.

More Money, More Time, and Less Stress.

All because I said “No” and let go –
of all those tantalizing distractions.

And my belief that I can squeeze
36 hours into 24.

2.  Good Enough

I decided that this course would be just
what my future clients would need and want,
and nothing they didn’t.

I also declared, “It’s OK for this to be good enough.”
(Never had the guts to say that before.)

Surprise!  Shock!  8 short articles about tips
and techniques literally poured onto the page.
I couldn’t stop writing.

The course grew itself into a robust,
content-rich event.

I could barely believe how easy it was.

Because it didn’t have to be perfect.

So it got even better.  With little or no effort
from me.

3. Forgive Your Brain

Beta brains, the bulk of the population,
usually have time for work and play.

Entrepreneurs, artists and salespeople are usually
the ones who are time-starved crazies.

Why?  Our brains live in a different
time zone.  We often “see” time in an endless
stream, not in manageable chunks.

If you’re looking at a ladder, it’s manageable.
If you’re looking at the vast universe all at once,
it’s overwhelming.

Forgive your brain.  You probably have a gifted,
creative, global-vision brain.

It sees everything at once – in a huge
vision.  It perceives time as a stream, not
a ladder.

You have two missions:

1. You need to make the ladder appear.
Gifted brains like to play in the “right-brain” area.
Ladders are boring.  But ladders get you where
you want to go.

2. And you need to make that ladder fun.
Fun is so critical to this brain that
you under-perform without it.

Giving yourself time is one of the ways
you make it fun.

So…where are you hiding your time?

Comments

  1. Needed this reminder today! Thanks, Ann!

  2. Wow this really explains my sense of overwhelm at times.
    I hate to give up free trainings, in case I miss something that will be life or business changing!
    I will be sure to consider this article next time I get pulled in by the compelling copy!

    • Hi Dianne,
      I think you nailed the Bright Shiny Object Syndrome — what if I’m missing something that will change my life?! Thanks for your comment, glad it helped. Ann

  3. Hi Ann,

    Perfectly said and sooooooo true! Always someone to keep in contact with but if I let go, they will contact me when they need me! How perfect is that? Now to do it. Gut wrenching:)

    Linda

    • Hi Linda,
      Thanks for your very timely comment. Gut-wrenching, true :) but I suspect the answer is just to be lurking at the edges of their consciousness so when they need you, you spring to mind. Like a rabbit out of a hat – ouch!
      Ann

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