So far this morning, I have had my visualization time, and coffee time with Barbara.
Most mornings my first training evolution is prayer and meditation, visualization, exercise, reading and writing, and always the coffee time; it includes important visualization and planning, gratitude and straight out quality time with the love of my life.
This writing time, though, represents the first of three “airplane time” sessions I’ve scheduled today.
What is airplane time, you ask?
It is a time (and Focus and energy) management technique named with a tip of the hat to that glorious epoch before there was wifi on airplanes- during this historic period of the aviation industry, one had only a few choices of what to do with the time on the flight…
one could read, write, plan, create or talk- all offline and without the distractions of the (even then) “modern” world.
One could think.
Many entrepreneurs and other creators, yours truly included, would make the flight into high level leadership work- the kind that can only happen when truly focused.
I still make my flights this, and especially enjoy reading/completing books while in the air- I have some great ones cued up for my flights to and from training in Colorado this week!
But I also regularly schedule “airplane time” into my planner almost daily.
During this time I get all of my highest level thought work done; so that I am 100% available to my equally important work of sowing into my people when that time comes.
And now, it seems, I may be finally getting to the actual point of this discussion.
Time is our most valuable and least renewable resource.
We should not waste it ever, nor spend it, nor even pass it- but always invest it wisely.
Now, if you have followed me for any time at all, this is not a new concept to you nor are you surprised that I am investing the time to talk about it.
It is a recurring theme for me.
Also, I am sure that there are some that somewhat disagree, thinking that I never relax and that there is more to life than working…
well, I agree.
This morning’s meditation led me to want to share that I agree- there are many other important (even more important) things in life, and to do with our time, which is the stuff that life is made of, than just our work.
But I still stick to my postulate that time is something that should be wisely invested; which is really to say that we should be deliberate about our stewardship of it, just as with money, people and all other resources.
So here are a few of the things that I find most important to invest my time in:
my purpose, passion and calling,
my relationship with God, and my relationship with my family, friends and people,
my learning, knowledge, growth and wisdom,
my sowing into all those I love and lead….
health, wealth, rest and recovery…
In short, I do my very best to never waste any of whatever time I have left, but to invest it in 3 key strategic areas:
1. goals, future and legacy,
2. personal, professional and spiritual growth,
3. the things that truly endure: memories, relationship, and legacy.
Live, laugh, love and leave a legacy.
Dr. Stephen Covey
In what areas of do you, or will you, invest your gift of time?
About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commissioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.
The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.
See stephendelcastillo.com for more information and to order my book, Developing Your Superpower, Meditations on Mastery, Volume 1.