Find Time to Be Yourself, Respect Yourself, and Do What You Can: 3 Timely Tips-Part 1

Posted on December 27, 2011, under Time Boundaries.

Finding time to savor some quiet as the old year ends and new one is about to begin is a wonderful gift to give yourself.

Yesterday afternoon, as the waning sun’s light burnished the winter treetops golden outside my window, I was doing just that.  Enjoying the twilight moment, I started clearing up some files on the bookshelf behind my desk and came upon three quotations that I’d saved to use on the blog one day.

“What better day than now!” I thought … so here they are:

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  Dr. Seuss

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.  Abraham Joshua Heschel

I am only one; but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I still can do something.  I will not refuse to do the something I can do. Helen Keller

What a rich smorgasbord of wisdom to consider and carry into 2012!  And I was interested to note that each insight relates to boundaries.  Boundaries are one of the core elements of Heart-Based Time Management™ – and one of my very favorite time management subjects!

Let’s start exploring with that first quotation from Dr. Seuss, about finding time to be yourself.  What does that have to do with boundaries, you might ask?

Well, what I would say is that the more comfortable you are with your boundaries, the more at ease and confident you’re going to be with sharing yourself, your ideas, and your feelings with other people.   That’s because when you have good, strong boundaries, you know that you are okay, no matter what.

Boundaries tell you where you end and the other person begins.  So, when your boundaries are strong and clear, you know, right in your bones, that another person’s feeling or opinion about you is theirs and really says nothing about you.  Secure in yourself, you can share authentically and allow others the space to share in the same way.

It’s a misconception to think of boundaries as barriers.  In reality, knowing yourself and your boundaries frees you to relate much more openly … it’s the heart-based way!  Stay tuned – I’ll be sharing more about these quotations in upcoming posts.

In the meantime, I’m so pleased to share that The Time Finder was, for the second year in a row, featured as one of the Top 50 Productivity Blogs of 2011 by Evan Carmichael.  We are so pleased about this terrific honor … and privileged to be part of Evan Carmichael’s fantastic collection of productivity blogs.  We have posted the badge in our sidebar, so that you can visit the collection whenever you want – it’s an excellent resource for productivity ideas, information and tools.

And if you are interested in learning more about the Heart-Based Path, here’s one way that you can transform and deepen your relationship to time in the Heart-Based Way … I invite you to explore Secrets of Heart-Based Time Management™ – my chapter in the book I co-authored - Stepping Stones to Success!  In it I share my proven system for exploring and harnessing the power of your mind, your body and your spirit to help you deepen your experience of time and of your life.

As you work with the ideas I offer, you’ll explore your patterns, clarify your values, identify and prioritize your goals … and create your path for achieving them.  You can give yourself the gift of this wonderful resource today, and get started on your journey toward success, Stepping Stone by Stepping Stone …just click this link to get the details!

Let’s explore time together …

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There are 6 Responses to “Find Time to Be Yourself, Respect Yourself, and Do What You Can: 3 Timely Tips-Part 1”

#1 Alison - 27 December, 10:33 AM

I like how you linked the first quote to boundaries, and look forward to seeing what you write about other quotes, as well!

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