Cate Williams | 98five blogger
Craig Groeschel, author of a number of christian books on leadership and influence, says that your best ideas happen in the margins.
A margin is a space you intentionally set aside from the daily goings on that fill it, to seek out the life that you were born tolike downtime or a deliberate zoning-out period, and it becomes a priority in your day as much as cooking the meal or driving to work.
The margin is where creativity soars and where dreams come into being.
The margin is where you reflect and re-posture your heart.
The margin is when you gain the big picture, touch the deeper reason for your existence, then you become most inspired.
Margins are where dreams are created.
For the creative, the margins are where songs are written, books are penned, paintings are crafted.
For the entrepreneur, the margins are where ideas exist, where innovation sprouts, where seeds are gathered into harvest.
For the leader, the margins are where direction crystallizes, where vision is captured and where new horizons are birthed.
If you don’t allow time for the margins, you will never reach your full potential or discover the depths of what it is you were put on this earth to do.
Are you running from one thing to the next, overwhelmed by a busy schedule but never actually kicking goals in the areas that you dream of?
Are you too busy to create?
Is the dream that you have had on your heart still not eventuated, but you are hoping that one day it will?
These things rarely find themselves.
Dreams particularly are elusive creatures, and they happen to be found in the margins.
If you have things laying dormant in your life that you keep saying to yourself, ‘One day I’m going to do this,’ ‘If only I had time to invest in that,’ realise that it’s not going to happen unless you intentionally map time out to make it happen.
You will get busy, you will get sidetracked with the daily goings on of life.
And that in itself isn’t a bad thing.
It’s when you get so immersed in the routines that you forget to look up and see the bigger picture, that you forget to switch your dreamer back on, and that makes for a dull existence.
We all need to see the grander scheme that surrounds our lives.
Are you aching to touch that?
Some keys that Groeschel talks about that I have begun implementing in my own life to free up more margin time are as follows:
1. Create a ‘To-don’t list’
As your life increases in busyness, some of the things you once did you won’t be able to do anymore.
Groeschel recommends saying no to many small things so that you can say yes to a few big things.
If you want to live a life of influence, if you want margin time so that you can do what it is you’ve been dreaming of doing, you have to stop doing everything, and learn to say yes to the things that you value most that you aren’t doing.
Write down three or more things periodically that you can take off your ‘to do’ list and place on your ‘to don’t’ list.
Yes you may offend people, but learning to respectfully say no to some things is part of growing in maturity and wisdom.
2. Schedule your values
So often we fill our days with the necessary, but mundane and routine things first.
He recommends putting in your calendar the things that are most important to you first, making sure that they’re the things that fill your tank, and that are high on your value list.
Things like: family time, marriage and date nights, holidays and spontaneous trips out, time to work out, time for hobbies, time with God, your margin time — to name a few.
Each of these areas will be different depending on who you are, but make sure you schedule them in before putting the rest of your life on the calendar.
You’ll find that it will encourage you rather than drain you and this in turn will create a life that is more inspired.
You’ll notice that these two tips in themselves, once applied, will begin to free up your life.
We are called to be good stewards of our time, and being intentional with how we spend it is critical if we are wanting to have the space we desire to dream and begin actioning these dreams.
Dreams happen in the margins.
We need to create more margin time and we do this by scheduling our values and saying no to the small things so that we can say yes to the things that matter most.
Hope this helps.
Cate is a singer-songwriter, blogger, pastor and curator of The Inspire Collective — a creative network for women in Perth and is one of the writers for Kin Women. Her words resound with hope and love, and her message is one that says you’re not alone and that ‘you can’. It calls the ugly beautiful and brings the hopeless into something redemptive. cateywilliams.wordpress.com | Follow Cate on Facebook | Instagram