I had a performance that night. I was tired. My rental car didn’t have cruise control. And I was grumpy.
Plus, my car needed gas.
I checked out the gas prices at the coming exit.
$1.77 per gallon.
“$1.77 a gallon? Are you freakin’ kidding me? It was only $1.63 a few exits ago!”
So, I drove a few more exits, waiting for a better price.
Instead, the next exit was $1.87.
So, I did the logical thing.
I got off at that exit, and I drove back to the other exit to get my gas. I saved exactly $1.20.
Now, I’m not sure exactly WHEN I woke up to the fact that my sense of economy was totally skewed at that moment. But I did. After all, as a performer, my first priority needs to be my well-being. When I drove around trying to save $1.20 for gas, I was ultimately saying three things to the Universe and to my subconscious:
1. My indignant posturing about the price of gas is more important than my well-being.
2. One dollar and twenty cents is more important than arriving 20-minutes earlier at my hotel room for some quiet time.
3. My time and value as an artist and performer are not worth much.
Most of us think that we’ll wait until we “arrive” before we’ll start to take care of ourselves or focus on our true value or set clear boundaries.
The truth is that it’s the other way around.
We have to decide to honor our value FIRST. And we do that by honoring our time, our space, and our priorities. Most of us, however, blow off our valuable time by “majoring in minor things.” Worrying about the little itty-bitty things.
I have a word for this.
I call it “Lack-tions.”
Lack-tions are Actions based in Lack Mentality. They are habits designed to distract us from what’s truly important.
If you want to increase your success and productivity levels, then start observing how much of your time gets burnt up performing Lack-tions. ESPECIALLY if you find yourself constantly complaining that you don’t have time to do the things you really want to do.
Then, stop wasting time on these things!
Very soon after my Missouri trip, I started a new habit of filling my gas tank when it was half-empty. (As opposed to waiting til the low-gas light came on.) I also started playing a game of not even looking at the gas prices and simply choosing whichever gas station looked the happiest.
I didn’t go broke. In fact, I started to do better and make more money.
What you define as a lack-tion will change over time. As you uplevel your life, or your art, or your business, you’ll have less tolerance for these habits of lack that appear out of nowhere and try to distract you with their anxieties. It can be downright fun to let go of them. Now, I challenge myself to stop a lack-tion even before the idea for one can occur!
So, where do you burn up energy with lack-tions? And most importantly, how can you change this behavior and start taking ACTIONS?
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