Thursday, October 2, 2014

Don't Ask Time Where It's Gone; Tell It Where To Go

All great achievers, all successful people, are those who have been able to control their time. All human beings have been created equal in one respect; each person has twenty-four hours each day.

We must give our best time to our most challenging situation. It's not how much we do that matters; it's how much we get done. I remember my dad always telling, "Don't spend a dollar's worth of time for ten cents' worth of results." We should choose to watch our time, not our watch.

One of the best timesavers is the ability to say no. Not saying no when you should is one of the biggest wastes of time you will ever experience.

Make sure to take care of the vulnerable times in your day. These vulnerable times are the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. I've heard a minister say that what a person is like alone at midnight and alone in the morning reveals that person's true self. There are the potent times of the day, when productivity and idea generation are at their maximum.

If you are saying, "I could be doing big things if I weren't so busy doing small things," then you need to take control of your time. The greater control you exercise over your time, the greater freedom you will experience. The psalmist prayed, "so teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). The Bible teaches us that the devil comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10), and this verse applies to time as well as to people.

If often hear people say, "I'd give anything to be able to . . ." If you said this, you should adopt the "6 x 1 = 6" leadership principle. If you want to write a book learn to play a musical instrument, become a better tennis player, or do anything else that's important, then you should devote one hour a day, six days a week to the project. Sooner than you think it will, what you desire will become reality. There are not many things that a person cannot accomplish in 312 hours a year. Just a commitment of one hour a day, six days a week, is all it takes.

We all have the same amount of time each day. The difference between people is determined by what they do with the amount of time at their disposal. Don't be like the airline pilot flying over the Pacific Ocean who reported to his passengers, "We're lost, but we're making great time!" Remember that the future arrives an hour at a time. Gain control of your time, and you will gain control of your life.

(From John L. Mason's "An Enemy Called Average")

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