Darren Facebooked earlier today about his disappointment at seeing Canucks-branded bottled water in stores recently – you know, given that bottled water is a “lousy, wasteful product,” (or, as I like to say – bottled water is bullshit).
Just the other day I’d been in Save-on-Foods and saw the exact product he was talking about – they are selling bottles of water with pictures of various Canucks players on them. Now, despite the fact that I don’t buy bottled water because I completely agree with Darren that it is wasteful and stupid – we have the best quality water in the world coming right out of our taps, with no need for environmentally unfriendly plastic and transportation of said water-filled plastic bottles – I’m embarrassed to say it didn’t occur to me to think “this is stupid.” Instead, what I thought when I saw these in the store was:
… “Wow, they drew different pictures for Daniel and Henrik Sedin. I totally would have just used the same one and put their different numbers on their sleeves!”
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Since I now spend almost an hour a half a day in my car commuting to work and since I discovered that you can download audiobooks from the library FOR FREE (!), I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks. And since I prefer to read fiction the old fashioned way, I’ve been listening to a lot of business/success type books. In fact, the first two books I listened to this way were ones I listed on my performance plan at work for the “professional development” section. Listening to books while I drive makes me feel less like I’m wasting a full work day per week (!) driving.
One theme that seems to come up over and over again in these books — whether it’s a book on procrastination or negotiation or investing — is priorities and choice. Kim Kiyosaki in her book, Rich Woman, gives a good example. She asks, “Would you go to the gym for three hours every day?” The answer, of course, is “no way! Who has that kind of time?” Now imagine that your doctor has just told you that you have a life-threatening condition and the only way to cure it is to go to the gym for three hours every day. Would you go? Of course you would! You’d make sure you fit that into your schedule – you’d chose to spend your time at the gym over every other thing you could be doing. It would become your top priority. We use “I don’t have time” as an excuse for many things. But the cold hard fact is – everyone has the same amount of time as every other person in the world – there are 24 hours in the day for each and every one of us and nothing will change that. And it’s up to us to chose what we want to do with our time . As I’ve been thinking about it, I realize that I often don’t spend time thinking about the choices I make and I often use the “I dont’ have time to…” excuse. I don’t have time to go for a run tonight! I don’t have time to clean my apartment! But I somehow have time to spend the evening reading blogs. So I’ve decided to follow the advice of Dr. Neil Fiore in The Now Habit and change the language I use to help me be more conscious of the choices I make. Rather than say, “I have to do the laundry, so I don’t have time to go for a run tonight,” I’ll say, “I’m choosing to do the laundry rather than go for a run.” And this will prompt me to think about that choice – do I really consider laundry a priority over exercise? If I haven’t done laundry in two weeks and have almost nothing left to wear to work the next day, maybe I do! Instead of saying, “I have to work on this project at work,” I’ll say “I’ve decided that this project is my top priority and so I’m choosing to work on it today.” It’s actually quite empowering to think in terms of “I choose” rather than in the victim-like “I have to” or “I should.” And sometimes I might choose to spend an evening reading blogs rather than doing something productive, but then it’s my choice to do something that I enjoy for an evening and I won’t be left feeling guilty that I wasted my time when I should have been doing something productive.
Anyway, that’s probably enough psychobabble for today. Although I have been reading a lot of these type of books lately, and I have a lot of thoughts about how the stuff in these books apply to me swirling around in my brain , so you can probably expect posts about things like procrastination and priorities and suchlike in the next little while.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m choosing to go for a run!