The two most important days of a person’s life are the day they’re born and the day they find out why. It’s that sense of purpose and reason that catalyzes humanity and brings value to this world and is never forgotten. The day we are born is the exact day that we start dying. This is the way we need to look at life and how we should put time in perspective.
You hear it all the time from every angle: your time is limited, your time is the greatest commodity you have, time waits for no one. So many people want and ask for so many great things in this world, yet they never use their time or see it as something valuable to attain everything that they dream of having in this world.
Where people lack is in taking massive action. They fail to set the correct goals and lack a target at which to aim. Goals, ambition and dreams require an incredible amount of hard work and willpower. That work takes up your time. We need to be willing to sacrifice something else we want in order to achieve this ultimate goal. Which is why we have to sacrifice time away from something else so that we can put our energy towards what we want to ultimately have.
Saying you are going to do something and actually doing something are two different things. Life is not just about how talented you are or how knowledgeable you are, but how you take all of that skill in your craft and dedicate the necessary time to get it from point A to point B. The process is never easy and if it were easy then everyone would be able to do it, so why in the hell should it be so special?
I hate to break it to you, but your time is limited; you are eventually going to die. The average human being lives 80 years, which translates into 2.5 billion seconds. When you start looking at it like that, you realize how fast this life is really going to pass you by.
Your clock is constantly counting down and there is nothing you can do about stopping it. Instead of worrying about how fast it is going and how much fun you are having, you need to worry about what you should do with your life because that has far greater value and fulfillment than anything else.
Think about it, every moment wasted is another second shaved off those 2.5 billion seconds. I don't say this to be negative or depressing, but you need to know that your time to achieve what you want to achieve is running out. It truly boggles my mind when I see people act like their clock is not ticking and letting their lives go to waste. They act as if they are immune to time and that it doesn't affect them whatsoever. They love the word “tomorrow,” but what they don't realize is that tomorrow is already too late.
The elite 1% of the population is made up of a handful of people that understand the value of time. They knew they can’t possibly let it go to waste and that even when they are sleeping, there is someone awake and working. Many will decide to embark on a path to success, yet will be missing the discipline of time to get them there, which is why only the 1% of the world actually clocks in on what they want. They use their time with efficiency and effectiveness.
The people that succeed did not get there because they were lucky and had a few things go their way. Instead they actually did it the old-fashioned way, the way everyone is afraid of doing it now: working hard and putting in those hours, which will manifest greatness. Life is simple, but we as humans complicate it, forcing us to forge the easy way out. That is not the way it works and that is not the way it will ever work.
The reason for failure isn’t a lack of knowledge, luck nor resources. Failure hangs exclusively on limited or diminishing motivation. The person that succeeds is the one that is motivated to craft his time into working for him instead of his time working against him. They let time be their enemy, whereas others know how to make it their best friend. If you think you have time, then you’re in for a rude awakening.
Tomorrow is never guaranteed.
“Oh, I’ll just start tomorrow” is everyone’s favorite catchphrase. Really? Sooner or later you’re going to run out of those “ tomorrows.” Tomorrow never comes and the routine of procrastination will lead us to value tomorrow over today.
Before you know it, you are going to be 79 years old and most of your seconds will have clocked out. Do you really think you are going to sit there and be okay with your life? If you don't use time correctly you will hate yourself, you will regret your life, start thinking of excuses as to why certain things didn't happen and even start blaming yourself -- as you should because you are the one that mishandled your time, not anyone else.
Stop delaying your goals and dreams. The longer you delay the worse and worse it is going to get. Ask yourself why you have this delay. Is it because you are afraid or is it because you are too much of a coward to take the leap of faith that will get you to the better tomorrows you dream of during your lunch break?
Start now. I can 100% guarantee that you’re not going to regret it. You see, everything you are wasting your time on now, like going out every night, trying to fit in, and sleeping are only sources of temporary pleasure and happiness. And because we are a generation of instant gratification, we love doing these things. But in the long run, all of these things pile up and will ultimately hurt you, while others are using their time more wisely.
Setting your goals like a mortal
Remember you are not immortal and you are not superman. You have to start with baby steps rather than trying to sprint right away. This will help you master your time better. It’s setting the realistic goals to get you to your larger goal that you once thought was unrealistic.
Don’t sell yourself short, the only thing gods have that you don’t is time…. and maybe the ability to fly.
Preston Waters | Elite.