For me, traveling on business has its advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is satisfying the wanderlust I’ve had since I was a small boy!
Maximizing Your Time
This desire to travel and explore new territory stemmed from trying to determine in my mind’s eye if the world looked as big and beautiful as it was described in the books and fables that I would read. In contrast, one of the disadvantages was the tedious travel and the loss of time and productivity when making my way to and from a meeting destination or consulting engagement…you simply could not get that time back.
The Search for Significance
Several years ago this loss of time caused me to wonder how effective my efforts actually were in the grand scheme of things relative to significance and the lasting impact I was able to provide for those I was coaching or working with in a consultative capacity. I had to ask myself if those that I was serving were growing and moving toward their own vision of a preferred future and not what I perceived as their preferred future. I began to realize that sort of internal reflection was necessary in order to remain sharp and to test my own assumptions around the idea of what true significance really represented.
Reclaim Your Time & Legacy
You see, there is a point in time during our lives that we are somewhat on auto-pilot and are so busy trying to reach success that we are not really focused on legacy or significance. In the book Half-Time, Bob Buford suggests this very same tenant and why it’s so important to live a life of significance from the beginning. However, in order to do that we must get in touch with some areas of our lives that we habitually choose not to think about. Just as thoughts concerning my significance were triggered by the loss of time that I could not get back, it also served as a catalyst to make me ponder how I needed to refocus my efforts to reclaim that time going forward.
Lead & Love in Significance
If you are reading this today, allow this passage to serve as your tap on the shoulder and an encouragement to live a life of significance while continually engaging in internal reflection around the type of value that you are first providing to yourself and then to others.
Point of Clarity Quote:
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde