It took me 10 tries to write this blog. Each time I began, an email popped up in the bottom right hand corner of my screen. Or someone stopped by my desk. Or my child asked me to read a book. Or I remembered something I hadn’t written on my list and did it. Or I was thirsty. Ten times, I was pulled away from trying to write a blog about finding the time and mind space to be conscious. And there in-lies the problem. I am too busy to focus on being conscious.
Or am I? I find that it is easy to let myself off the hook, given all I have to do. I have a career. I am a mother. I am a wife. I am a friend. I am an athlete. And the work that comes with those roles fills my entire pie chart of energy and attention. So where can I find more time in my day to focus on being conscious?
Here’s the rub. Being conscious doesn’t require a slice of the pie. I have finally learned that, thanks to the like-minded leaders I’ve met through Conscious Capitalism. Sure, finding the few hours a month to attend the panels and happy hours to engage with those lovely people takes time. But what I have found most freeing is the clarity that being conscious – and by that I mean really being present to the impact you are making in your business and the world – is not unique to any areas my life. It is the filling, the topping and the crust of the pie. And, to ensure I burn the metaphor to ashes, it should be baked into my entire life.
How am I trying to do that? And I assure you, I am still trying. Here’s my action plan. To live, make decisions, run my team, love my family, build a race schedule, constantly asking these questions of myself.
- Am I present in what I am doing?
- Am I making a decision that is good for me, good for the larger whole or good for the world? Can I make a decision that will make a greater impact?
- Do I feel good about the action I’ve taken? If not, what can I do to readdress or change it?
- Have I worked to build a trusting relationship?
- Was I fair and kind?
- Did I ensure that I set a strong foundation before building the fun stuff on top?
This is just my simple way of bringing consciousness into the busy hours of my life. How do you ensure you have time and mind space to be conscious?