“Time is Running Out”
This is the time of year when the scarcity mindset around time surfaces on both sides.
On one side is the frenzy of winding down the year: frantic, hectic, hustling, rushing.
On the other is the constant messaging asking you how you will “use your time” in the New Year. Everyone wants to remind you that “we all get the same amount of time.”
The result is that we often feel like we “don’t have enough time.” We often feel like we are “behind” or “can’t catch up.”
Can you relate?
The Prevailing Time Myth in Productivity Circles
The idea that you can’t create time is a cultural limiting belief. A sign of the epidemic of “time famine” that plagues our culture.
“Not enough time” is a mantra of the aspiring productive class.
I will admit that I frequently get caught up in that cultural mindset. And then I remember that I have a super power:
I can create time.
And so can you.
It’s a skill. And it can be your secret advantage.
The Sports Context
We can most easily see how this works in the sports context.
In my weekly trampoline practice I’ve been working on my front flips. The entire skill takes about about 4 seconds. That includes the bounce. The flip itself is more like 2 seconds.
When I first took the skill out of safety lines, that time passed quickly, as 2 seconds tends to do. The rotation in the air was so quick that I couldn’t perceive anything that happened. One I initiated rotation, I had to trust that my body knew what to do and I wouldn’t land on my head.
Over the past few months, that time in rotation expanded. I became more aware of what was happening. At first, I was able to predict, while in rotation, whether I would land on my feet or land sitting down. I couldn’t do anything about it, but I knew how it would land.