Monday Morning Wake-Up Call:
Your Motivation, Inspiration & Direction for the Week Ahead
Did you have enough time this weekend to get everything done? How many times do we find ourselves saying, “I wish I had more time!”? The funny thing is that we all get the same amount of time. We might not have the same circumstances or the same level of assistance to get things done, but we all get the same 1,440 minutes every single day. The difference between your life and mine or anyone else’s is defined by what we choose to do with those minutes.
Let me ask you this: What’s your dream? What’s your goal? What’s the thing you’d really like to achieve this year, this month or even before 5:00 p.m. today? Maybe it’s weight loss or learning a new language. Maybe it’s writing a book or spending more time with your family. Are you actively taking steps to achieve your goal? Not just talking about it, but actually doing it? Because here’s the truth about that person you admire – the one you see jogging down the street every morning or fighting his/her way through a master’s program online while holding down a day job and raising kids: That person has the same 24 hours you do, but he/she is choosing to spend them on his/her dream… not on excuses for why it can’t be achieved.
Sometimes there are justifiable reasons why you might not be able to focus on your goal, but ask yourself: Is it truly justified or just a roadblock of your own making? Here’s the truth… you have to choose. You have to want something bad enough to get up an hour earlier, to turn the TV off, to play Legos with your 5-year-old when you’re exhausted. You have to make the choice and keep making the 1,440 minutes of every 24-hour day count! That’s how you get where you want to be… that’s how you become whom you want to be.
Something to Think About
We’re all given the same 24 hours in a day. What you do with it, how you spend it, invest it or let it sneak away is up to you. What most people fail to realize about time management is that it’s not about structuring your time – it’s about structuring your values and priorities. When you know what’s important to you and why, and how to say no to one thing so you can say yes to another, then you will discover how easy it really is to manage your time productively, wisely and easily.
This week, examine your life. What area of your life would you like to change or improve? Choose to do one activity consistently all week long to bring about that change, and see what happens!
Words of Wisdom
“The bad news is, time flies. The good news is, you’re the pilot.” – Michael Althsuler
“Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.” – John C. Maxwell
“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln