Every minute, Every second
Some days I stand tall and proud as I reflect on what I accomplished in just 24 hours. There are also days, when I look at the time and realize 24 hours has passed and I have absolutely nothing to show for it; those days are the hardest. Unfortunately, it seems like I have more days when I feel I could have done more with my twenty-four.
I’ve never been a big list maker but I have found that this is the most effective way to actually stay focused on the task at hand. I’ve never been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) but I sometimes find it hard to focus on one thing at a time so I literally have to force myself to constantly review this list I created to see where I am and evaluate what I’ve accomplished.
If you’re like most people, crossing everything off of your list may never happen. One of the reasons why crossing everything off of your list may never happen is simply because you always add more things to the list. What I have found to be helpful is once I create a list to stick with that list. If I have new things let me to be added then I will create a new list. The end goal is to cross everything off of that list. There’s so much joy in crossing everything off that list. In fact there is joy and crossing one thing off that list.
Making every minute and every second count doesn’t start nor stop with creating a to-do list. it starts with focusing your mind intently on what you intend to accomplish and achieve. It starts with developing a stubborn like dedication and a freakishly disciplined mindset. It starts with a sincere desire of wanting to win. It starts when you say that you will accomplish something and not only do you believe it but you do everything in your power to maximize the time God has given you want to Earth to relentlessly pursue your dreams; that’s what making every second count means.
How many seconds out of the 86,400 seconds we have a day are you wasting doing nothing? And by doing nothing I mean spending less then 2 to 3 hours focusing on and working towards accomplishing your dreams. While you’re sitting down wasting time there someone else working twice as hard just to be better than you, faster than you, richer than you, more healthier than you and the list goes on and on. Don’t be a member of the group who is simply taking up space.
Make every minute count and every second matter.
To The Top!
There are so many people who start off strong but they never end up finishing what they’ve started. Some people fail to finish because they lack the drive, discipline and persistence necessary to see a goal through to the end. Others lose interest in the very thing they’d hoped to accomplish because it seemed to be taking a little longer than they had expected. At the top of the list are those who seek validation from others in order to gauge whether or not they should continue. If you are guilty, much like I was, there is a way out.
Before I understood the importance of persistence and the value of perseverance, I too sought out validation from others. Many of the projects I started I simply wanted people to like and if they didn’t I would inevitably scrap the whole thing or subconsciously start losing interest myself. I prayed to God to remove my need for others to like what I was doing and to free me from the need for others to validate my work and He did. I am no longer held captive by what others think and feel about me. Those things are irrelevant to my growth as an individual.
When you are passionate about a certain thing, your passion is enough fuel to drive that thing to immeasurable heights; keep your foot on the gas. Just because you may not be receiving the feedback you hoped for does not mean that it isn’t a great thing. Keep going until you get what you are looking for. It may take weeks, months and even years before the right person notices; all you need is one. Remember, no one will notice your work if you stop working.
At all times remain focused on your dreams, even if your eyes are the only pair on the prize.
To The Top!
Don’t ever start something you aren’t willing to maintain and eventually finish. It takes little to no effort to start something, perhaps that explains why so many people have so many great starts. This theory is also applicable to Olympic runners awaiting the sound of the starters’ gun. Many times, the person who takes off first or the fastest off the block isn’t always the one who ends up with the gold medal at the end of the race. The person who wins is typically the one who finishes strong.
No one will remember how you started but the world will never forget how you finished. If you are going to exhaust effort on anything affiliated with your dreams, I encourage you to focus intently on finishing. I am guilty of not finishing a few things that I’ve started, we all are. The goal is to develop and strengthen the skill of follow-through. Following through with the careful execution of any goal is the greatest gift you can give yourself.
There is an unexplainable feeling that you experience when you accomplish anything. The ultimate goal is to experience this feeling early and often. There is a way to accomplish this. Step one, finish strong. It doesn’t matter how you start, it’s how you finish that matters. It’s funny what our minds have the capability of retaining. As I write this, all I hear is an old friend’s voice echoing, “Finish Strong!” I choose to finish what I start and so should you or don’t bother starting it at all.
Be a finisher and finish strong.
To The Top!