How do you determine the value of your time?
Not just monetarily, but in the grand scheme of your life and your priorities?
So often people place a higher value on the time and energy they invest at work than what they invest in the rest of their life, typically because it’s balanced out by a paycheck. But what about the other forms of energetic balance? When you invest time with your family you receive love, affection, affinity, and connection. When you invest time in your soul you receive a deeper connection and understanding of the Universe/God. When you invest time in your body you receive a deeper sense of self-worth, endurance, and vitality.
I recently received a harsh reality check about how I invest my time.
At the beginning of 2016, I was really sick. For months. The kind of sick that takes over your world. Having conversations about scary things like organ failure. I spent about 6 months on bed rest, often times sleeping 16+ hours a day. (I’m much better now and if you want to know more about my health journey, just ask.)
Here’s what I learned from that experience:
I had been taking my body for granted.
I exercised, ate healthily and got the average 7ish hours of sleep regularly. But I wasn’t listening to my body. It had been trying to tell me things for months, years even, and I was ignoring it, taking for granted that it would just keep up with me.
I’d been craving more sleep for about a year, but I had a business coach who kept telling me that I could condition myself to need less and that I need to put in my dues. I’d had a small voice in the still small moments of my meditation telling me to stop consuming alcohol, all alcohol, but I love craft beer and a lot of my social time centered around trying new breweries.
My Mind kept ignoring my Body and Soul’s gentle nudges, so eventually, my Body went on strike. My liver functionality was dangerously low, one of my kidneys was also in trouble, my immune system was on overload. Healing required that I stop drinking (hmm) and I needed lots and lots of sleep (huh).
Any entrepreneur will tell you, it is damn near impossible to keep momentum in the first few years of your business in just a few hours a day. Some days it was painful to sleep so much. But it was far more painful to consider the alternative. I am not ready to leave this world, it’s not my time, I have far more to give. I had to shift my perspective and relate to my time resting as productive – it was producing invisible results inside the system of my Body. My Body is necessary for me to continue to run my business so…it gets priority.
Even now that I’m much, much healthier I have a constant conversation with myself about the value of time. Reprogramming my Mind to consider all of the results produced when I invest time – and not just that quantified with dollars or tangible things.
In a culture that places a high value on money, reprogramming can require some patience and intentionality.
This conversation we have with ourselves about time as a resource – it’s subtle, almost in our subconscious. I assert that to be a truly successful entrepreneur and have a life that you love, you have to be willing to inquire into this conversation, break it apart, and make some intentional choices about how you will relate to time, how you invest it and the value you place on the results that investment produces.