“I just feel like time isn’t moving fast enough or I need to hurry up. I’m just not where I want to be right now.” Have you heard this statement or a variation of it before?
It seems that a prevalent concern of many people is feeling like they don’t have enough time. Enough time to achieve their goals, make a change, or leave lasting impacts. All of these concerns stem from an overwhelming sense of urgency.
In this technological age we are more connected, informed, and exposed to ideas, people, and information. The fast paced movement of the Internet has bled into our everyday lives and caused what can be considered a hyper give and receive mentality in people. Some refer to this instant gratification.
Inputting and outputting is not as simple in real life as it is on the Internet. So why do we expect it to be? You can’t just search success and expect to find it within 0.002 seconds. These things take time.
Acting within a sense of urgency can hinder one’s progress. Not only is constantly thinking about how much or little time you have unhealthy, it can delay and even stop the fulfillment of one’s goals and progress. When we feel like we have less time to work with and less resources, we feel backed into a corner. We’re so eager to get out of the corner and be somewhere else that we get desperate. Desperate people do desperate things.
Consequently, you make hasty decisions, try to skip steps and cut corners, and in the process miss out on experiences, opportunities, and information you could have otherwise received if you just took your time.
Changing the way one thinks about time can be a useful tool to combating stress. Replace urgent thoughts that inspire negativity and desperation with thoughts based on abundance, to have something in a large quantity.
Everyday we come in contact with an abundant amount of resources:
- Other people (literally walking units of knowledge)
- Time. This one is tricky. Time is a constructed concept, but this is a good thing! This means that you can always create more time to go what you need done.
- Internet access. If you have a steady, reliable source for Internet usage, the things you could do are endless.
The point is to focus on what you do have now. There will always be something you don’t have or a goal you haven’t achieved yet. Instead of lamenting over what could be, think about what is and work with what you have.