A friend shared that he noticed that he hates being rushed and he also aims to be early for every appointment. His solution is to compromise sleep so that he’s able to arrive early for every appointment.
When I look closely, I find that it is impossible to enjoy anything when I hurry. I was surprised by how little I need to slow down to increase enjoyment.
Later in our conversation, he shared that his doc simultaneously recommended that he reduce his stress load and start testosterone supplementation.
I advised against because, you’ll simply cram more into your life and not address the underlying cause of your fatigue.
Later I shared my own story…
Rather than focusing on what’s important, I have been asking, Who is important? Who are the people on my list?
My list is spouse, kids, family and a couple friends. That’s who I’m truly working for.
I then asked myself, “Am I willing to change to be truly available to those people?”
I’ve decided to start small.
Write a list of five people (the important) and drop the urgent when you have the chance to be with them.
Dropping everything sounds severe but, in reality, it consists of looking away from a book or computer screen.
In the evening, it can be as simple as sitting between my daughters on the couch and doing housework after they go to bed.
What does being available to the people that love us have to do with being rushed, high stress and testosterone supplementation?
Put another way, why am I rushed, stressed and exhausted?
If you look deeply then you may find a core belief that you have to cram MORE into your life to serve your family and win the respect of others.
However, this will never satisfy because what your family truly needs is YOU, your presence, your love, your time.