It’s a busy world we live in. Everything happens so much faster today than even 10 years ago. Information is available at the end of our finger tips, social media forums constantly provide us with updates and communications. Something posted yesterday is old, we blink and we’ve missed something.
Amongst all this, we live our lives and many of us can feel a little fraught and out of control. The most common excuse that I come across in my work, when people haven’t achieved what they set out to, is that they simply didn’t have enough time. A very easily justified excuse for many – the very reason it’s so often overused. To ourselves as well as those around us.
I was once asked ‘What do the beggar and the millionaire have in common?’ When I couldn’t think of the answer I was told ‘They have exactly the same amount of time available in any given day’. That was a bit of a ‘aha’ moment for me. Am I really so busy that I have to let my own goals down? Am I prioritising filling my time with the things that bring me happiness and success? That added perspective made a big difference in my life. And continues to make a big difference to people I meet and work with.
Now, I’m going to try and add yet another dimension to how we view, and value, our time. Go with me here…
Imagine there was a bank that gave you £86,400 every day.
It carries over no balance at the end of the day. It deletes what’s not been used.
What would you do?
I’m guessing you’d use it all up, right?
The thing is that each of us has such a bank.
It’s called TIME.
Every morning it credits us with £86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. There’s no drawing against tomorrow. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.
Each day it opens a new account for you. You must live in the present on today’s deposit. Invest it as to get the utmost happiness, health and success.
The clock is ticking. Make the most of today.
So, let’s take responsibility for our own happiness. Now! We may not become millionaires in the obvious sense, but we can collect a million happy moments and memories. All adding up to a happy life!