Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. ― Eckhart Tolle
Time and space – time to be alone, space to move about – these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow. – Edwin Way Teale
Eight business leaders are in the room as I coach and explore with them The Best Predictor of Future Success… yes,
The ability and willingness
to learn and change,
on truth found in the Story.
As I ask “What stands out to you?” a successful businessman discusses the phrase: “consistent reflection” and the challenge of the discipline.
Space is the breath of life
Consistent reflection requires space.
Consistent reflection is a discipline - a systematic method used to advance something - in this case, personal growth.
These days I find myself inviting people to breathe. It is amazing how few of us practice deep breathing. The intensity of life is confirmed by how we “take breaths”. I know – who has time for deep breathing?
In support of future success it is essential to create space for consistent reflection. I know - who has time to be still and think?
Just as there are significant benefits from diaphragmatic breathing such as relaxation and stress relief, there is tremendous benefit from consistent reflection – freedom to grow as a human being.
How to Create Space
Look at the word “space” to discover the first secret:
To create space you must take control of the pace of life.
Space is more than the region beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. From a growth perspective , space is having enough room to accommodate something. It can be a period of time or an area set apart for a specific use; time and place.
What if you could have less unnecessary stress, more peace, and greater freedom? Sound good? You can and here’s how: slow down. Create space for consistent reflection.
This is where we listen for truth in the story delivered as feedback, experience, success, or failure.
“Truth” involves the facts of the story, not assumptions; truth is reality, not your opinion or just “your reality” … to be truth it must include the other person’s perspective, too.
To create space you must take control of the PACE of life.
Let’s try that again, slowly now … you’ve got time.
Created Space is the disciplined use of time, place, and resources to reflect on the truth in the story and to bring truth to your story.
No acceleration required.
Life requires no acceleration; our world is taking care of that.
In 1970 Alvin Toffler wrote his bestselling book Future Shock; back when the pace of life was different, if not slower. While he wrote of information overload it was first mentioned in 1964 by Bertram Gross in The Managing of Organizations.
According to Wikipedia, Toffler uses “information overload”
…to refer to the difficulty a person can have understanding an issue and making decisions that can be caused by the presence of too much information.
Sensory overload was thought to cause disorientation and lack of responsiveness. Toffler posited information overload as having the same sorts of effects, but on the higher cognitive functions… (Emphasis added)
How does this affect our performance and relationships?
What happens to our growth journey when the pace of life is combined with sensory/information overload? We exhibit self-limiting behavior that produces poor performance and limits our influence. We are unable to make “the reasonably correct assessments on which rational behavior is dependent.” (Wikipedia)
The alternative to “rational” behavior is “irrational”. How we show up lacks reason or logical thought. What I’m doing to my relationship or career or health doesn’t make sense. We must create space to consistently reflect on behavior patterns; unproductive behavior means we are “stuck”.
Life does not require acceleration.
The second secret of Created Space; it…
Accelerates behavior change which leads to high performance
When space and time are invested in consistent reflection, listening for truth in your Story, the reward is freedom. Only truth liberates us from being stuck with self-limiting behavior.
Creating space allows us to see what living frantic lives hides.
When would be convenient?
When it comes getting things done we set appointments, am I right? Whether a business lunch, dentist appointment, a client meeting, the big game, vacation, even the oil change; why not time to reflect?
When it matters, put it on the calendar.
Time and space – time to be alone, space to move about – how scarce are they in your world? How will take control of the pace of life to create space?
What behavior change will address to improve your performance?
How well are you creating space so you can write your story?
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