“I’m living a life that is full!”

That’s a good thing, right?

While working on my MBA, a statistics professor told our class that in statistics, the answer is always, “It depends.” That principle also applies to the fullness of our lives.

It depends on what you fill your life with.

Many people who engage in a coaching relationship with Building Champions begin by thinking that they want to focus on time management. Of course, time can’t be managed any more than the weather. So the focus shifts to managing priorities.

When we examine all of life’s priorities, most people feel they need more time to fit it all in. But time is the great equalizer: everyone has exactly the same amount. So the answer is not having more time… the answer is a better use of the time we have.

Every moment in our lives is either consumed or invested.

If you spend more time on the consumption side of the equation, your focus will be on acquisition. The result is usually a feeling of emptiness, because there is never enough. If your time is spent more on investment, you will focus on providing value. Ironically, the end result is usually greater acquisition.

Have you ever heard that it’s better to give than to receive? It’s true. If you want more, you should give more. Life is reciprocal – the more you take, the more you want. But the more you give, the more is given to you.

Whether you realize it or not, your life is already full. The question is, full of what? Are you full of longing, or full of contentment?

Consider an empty glass. When you take a clean glass out of the dishwasher and put it in the cabinet, it’s empty right? The answer is NO. It’s full of air. So, how do you get the air out? You fill it with something else, like chocolate milk.

The same is true with your life. If your life is full of something you don’t want, you have to fill it with something else. The question is, what will you fill it with?

I will explore that question in the next post. In the meantime, consider this:

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
-Annie Dillard-