(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)

What is “wasting time” to you? Watching TV? Playing a game on your computer? Idly chatting with someone about trivial issues?

When asked, most people define wasting time as “doing that which is not important.” How do you know what is important to you? Have you clearly defined it? Written it down? When you know what your values are, you can know what is important to you.

The other reason people waste time is because they have fear, uncertainty and doubt about taking the actions which will create the outcomes important to them. By lacking the ability to step into the unknown with certainty, they mill around wasting time, doing the unimportant. Discover where you are fearful of taking action and you will stop wasting time.

Everyone wastes time, some of the time. This Principle is not about being a perfect user of time, an automaton. It is about learning to see clearly when you are wasting time and let that feedback show you what is holding you back.

Coaching Point: Can you imagine not wasting time?

Copyright 2001 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.