Leap Challenge Day 2: Use Time to your Advantage

leadership timeboundThere’s nothing more relentless than time.

No matter how much we strive and strain we can’t squeeze that 25th hour into our day or that 8th day into our week. We can’t stop time to avoid an accident or think up a really good comeback. We can’t speed time up when we’re in line at the DMV or enduring a loquacious neighbor on a long flight.

So instead of fighting the incessant march of time we’ll leverage it to drive our dreams toward reality.

Find the list of dreams you compiled as part of yesterday’s task. First, take a few minutes to review the list to see if a night’s sleep has sparked any new ideas. Feel free to review this list regularly and add or delete dreams as you wish. It’s your list.

Once you’re happy with your list of dreams, it’s time for today’s task:

Leap Task #2: Assign each of the dreams on your list to one of 3 categories: Short-term (12 months or less), Mid-Term (1-5 years), or Long-term (5+ years).

This may seem like a simple or arbitrary task, but it is incredibly profound. Two days ago if someone had asked you if you had any dreams, you would have said, “Sure. Of course.” But, odds are, you wouldn’t have been able to clearly articulate any. This afternoon you’ll be able to spout off quite a few dreams and just how long you think it’ll take to accomplish them.

If writing a dream down is the first step in its journey to reality, the second is binding it up within time.

When you look over your list of time-bound dreams, what thoughts go through your mind? How does it make you feel?


5 thoughts on “Leap Challenge Day 2: Use Time to your Advantage”

  1. 24% of my goals are short-term, 34% mid-term and 42% long-term. My first thought upon doing that math was, so what? Then I thought some more. That list yesterday made me feel pressured to start making some of these dreams reality. Today! Putting them into a timeline makes them feel less difficult to reach. It removes the pressure I put on myself to find ways to get there now for all 50. It allows for planning and looking ahead, and also allows me to adjust those dreams as life goes on.

    1. That’s great, Julie. I decided to calculate percentages as well. Mine are 16% short-term, 42% mid-term, and 42% long-term.

      I agree, it kind of took the pressure off of so many dreams. Although there are still things I can do now to advance those mid- and long-term dreams.

  2. When I look over my list of time-bound dreams, I realize that I can make some tremendous progress toward them withint he next year. I also am excited about the next five years and the progress I will see tehre. Beyond that is when my kids will be out of the house, and I’m excited about what my husband and I will be able to accomplish together. This exercise energized me. (And I’m not feeling well today.)

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