05 Oct How to Become a Conscious Conduit of Energy, Part Two
“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” Helen Keller
Hello again, and welcome to our continuing look at being a conscious conduit of the energies of money and time. In Part One, we looked at how conduits can spring leaks and create “sludge,” making it difficult, if not impossible, for a conduit to water a garden. We applied the metaphor of a conduit to ourselves and the purpose of becoming conscious conduits of the energies of money and time.
In reality, there are six forms of energy: money, time, physical vitality, creativity, enjoyment, and support. However, of all the energies, learning to use money and time consciously immediately affects all the other areas of your life. Using those energies may cause you the most stress, so clearing all this up could bring you the most relief and the motivation to go for goals with real heart and meaning.
Last time, we examined how to stop our money and time leaks and clear away the sludge that can occur, often without our knowledge! Now, we will explore how to use these energies consciously to water the “garden of our goals and dreams.”
If you read the quotes I’ve used, they point to being successful using small, sweet steps. This strategy flies in the face of our natural tendency to over-promise and under-perform. Who among us has not had a time when we were so excited about a goal that we miscalculated how much time or money it would take to reach it?
My client Joel found a way out of that situation. This is what he told me.
Joel: I thought I would run out of time! I promised to write a chapter for a book on wildflowers. The editor contacted me with an invitation to do it. One condition: my 30-page chapter had to be done in two weeks. I was so excited to be asked that I assured her no problem. Hah! It wasn’t true! I sat at the keyboard and began to sweat, trying to figure out how to start. It seemed like a mountain. Thirty pages, in reality, meant 42 pages before her editing. I thought it was too much to do. I knew I had done it again: I’d promised more than I could deliver!
I was so stressed I almost called the editor to say I’d have to bow out of the project. But I knew that would be a terrible thing to do. It would leave her stranded and my reputation in shreds. Plus, I’d have to return the advance.
Then I remembered an Old Chinese Proverb:
“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.”
That gave me an idea! I decided to write only one page in the morning. No more. One page at lunch and one after dinner. Breaking it down made it more manageable. My stress level dropped. Three pages each day times 14 days gave me 42 pages of typewritten copy. Boiling it down with editing meant the 30 pages I’d promised.
Being a Conscious Conduit of Energy
In Part One, we examined our relationship with money sludge and leaks. If you read that article, you are now working on clearing the sludge by keeping promises or paying the debts you have shied away from. You’re taking care of yourself and your pets and getting any insurance you need for your car, home, or precious belongings. If you want more examples, here is a list of “incomplete money items,” another way of saying money sludge. Remember, you don’t need to do everything at once. However, if you start clearing them away, you’ll immediately experience the power of being a Conscious Conduit, with a newfound ability to direct your money and time where they make the most difference.
One feature of being conscious is learning to appreciate and practice the small steps that bring ultimate, sustainable success. The definition I use for success is this:
“Success is doing what you said you would do, consistently, with clarity, focus, ease, and grace.”
Clarity means being clear about what you authentically want to have, do, or contribute to the lives of others.
Focus means learning to focus your brain on what you want without being distracted.
Ease means taking small, sweet steps toward what you want without creating stress or becoming overwhelmed or exhausted.
Grace means being present for all the blessings that surround you. One doorway to grace is to practice being grateful for what you have.
To start this successful journey with money, ask yourself:
What would I love to have, do, or contribute to my family, community, and the causes that inspire me?
Whatever you want to accomplish in life, you must be financially successful to do it! In my work with people over the last 40 years, I have discovered that being financially successful is the driving force you can bring to whatever you want to accomplish.
But wait! If you don’t like the sound of this, let’s look at what I mean by financial success:
- Being financially successful is doing what you said you would do consistently with the energy of money, with clarity, focus, ease, and grace. People with a lot of this energy don’t always have a powerful relationship with it. They worry about losing it, mismanaging it, and being judged because they have it. On the other hand, conscious conduits may or may not have a massive amount of it, but they have fun spending it on what empowers their family, friends, or community.
- Since time and money are closely associated, you can apply the exact definition with time.
Two small stories will summarize what we’re talking about. One is about money, and the other is about time. I chose small stories because they make it easy to see the success principles at work.
Elise: I never thought I could afford a vacation at a resort in the Caribbean. After I talked with you about this, I started to look at where I was leaking money. I saw where I spent money without getting any benefit from it. It was most evident when I reviewed my two monthly credit card bills. I was enrolled in an online seminar for $30 each month. I don’t even remember buying it. Then, there were trips to my favorite coffee shop three times a week, where I bought my favorite coffee drink, and subscriptions to magazines I had never read. I paid at least $123/ month for these things.
It was a wake-up call! Taking all those expenses off the table, except for coffee, which I bought twice a week, I saw I could open a vacation savings account and have my bank deposit $120 monthly. Bottom line: I’m going to Club Med next May, and my $960 savings over eight months will help me easily afford it.
Cliff always wanted time to paint but didn’t think he had it. He was a principal in an elementary school with 600 students. Between managing crises at the school or with the student’s parents, he was busy daily from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. I challenged him to find 15 minutes a day to paint. He saw he had 15 minutes between 5:10 and 5:25 p.m. He set up his easel in the garage daily, painting for only those 15 minutes. Nothing more. That was to keep him conscious of his promise. Three months later, he texted me a photo in which he held up three beautiful drawings. He told me about the drawings:
“I did what you suggested. Every day for fifteen minutes between 5:10 and 5:25 p.m. I painted. I didn’t deviate. One day, one of my sons came and watched me paint. He asked if he could join me. I was thrilled and immediately set him up with his easel. From then on, we had this time together, painting and talking. Every day, whenever I was dealing with something I had to fix at school, I would think about being with my son for those fifteen minutes at the end of each day, and I would feel a sense of gratitude that held me up no matter what I faced at that school!”
You have the power to be a conscious conduit of energy! Look at where you’ve been wasting your energy or when you told yourself you didn’t have the time for a dream. Fifteen minutes doing something over one year equals 90 hours! The little steps add up.
Is there something you want to write, learn, explore? How about finding fifteen or twenty minutes for yourself to begin it?
I’ve given you lots to think about. However, thinking and doing are two different things. After all, what do you want your life to be about? I know you have some goals and dreams. Try being a conscious conduit of energy and watch what happens!
Until next time,