I was talking with Kathleen about my new venture in space and time management consulting and how people
are generally reluctant to seek help in this area. They are overwhelmed with
the magnitude of all they have to do. They think they have to get it all done
and that they will never get it together. Kathleen reminded me of the work of
Byron Katie. She is a spiritual teacher who teaches people to move away from
their false beliefs or “stories” and into what is real. She does this by asking
4 questions and then turning the story around.
Let’s use “I have to get it all done and I will never get
organized.” as my story.
1. Is it true?
No, it’s not true.
2. Can you absolutely know that it is true?
No, I can’t absolutely know it is true.
3. How do you react when you believe that thought?
I feel overwhelmed, helpless and frustrated.
4. Who would you be without that thought?
I would be a calm, happy person.
My story could be: “I have a clear picture of all that I
have to do and handle and I have a system in place that makes me feel focused
and productive.” What if you had the tools you needed to figure out your
priorities and let go of the stuff that doesn’t need your attention? How would
your life be different? Who would you be with that thought?