Going Deeper – The Treasures Buried in Your Time Choices

Stairway Going Deeper

Going deeper is your path to inner treasure …

Going deeper is not always our instinct in this fast-paced, sound byte addled, outcomes-oriented world of ours.

Indeed, the pressures of everyday life often seem to encourage us to skim the surface as fast as we can. But I’d argue that going deeper is actually the surest pathway to the best outcomes  ever. Every step you take toward broader, richer, and deeper self-knowledge enhances your efficiency and enables you to make better and better time choices.

But it takes a leap of faith to do this. It means making a choice to let go of the immediate task sometimes. It means taking time to ask yourself questions that may not, on their face, look very productive.

Going Deeper – Delving Beneath Your Time Choices

The thing is, the choices you make about how you spend your time reflect you like the clearest of mirrors, if you are curious enough to dig into them. Especially revealing, sometimes, are the choices that don’t serve you well.

When you notice that you’re procrastinating, for example, what is underneath that?

Or when perfectionism is keeping you from letting go of a task, what messages drive that self-critical, anxiety-ridden energy?

So if you’re interested in going deeper and learning more about your time choices and yourself, I suggest that you develop a template with an array of questions that you can then use to propel your explorations.

What are your dreams? What do you value? What are you trying to hide? What old messages are driving your choices today? If they no longer apply, how can you let them go?

Your actions are constantly offering you clues about who you are and what’s important to you — as well as what gets in your way. But unless you go deeper, these clues and the mysteries they unlock remain unexplored.

There are no right or wrong questions – just as there are no right or wrong answers. Your curiosity and honesty will reveal unexpected gems which, in turn, will open up new questions.

And here’s the thing: While the gems you discover may look and feel like answers, they are really stepping stones to new questions. They are not endings.

If you are looking for ‘The Answer’ then going deeper probably isn’t for you. When you’re going deeper, you’re interested in the ever-unfolding questions – and actually, the questions are your answers. It’s a process.

So, my advice and my hope for you? It’s that you:

  • Come to your questions from a place of humility.
  • Let go – knowing that you can’t control everything.
  • Open to, accept, and learn from your mistakes.
  • Know that curiosity is empowering.
  • Always look ‘underneath’ for the hidden gems of self-discovery.

I leave you with one of my very favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that
around every circle another can be drawn; that there is
no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and
under every deep a lower deep opens.”

Here’s to your time success – and to your ever-deepening sense of what that means for you.

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