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.
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Treat each day as if it were your last. I do not mean that you should use the idea of living only once as a basis for not being responsible. I am simply encouraging you to live in the present and live in the moment. There are many people who live as if tomorrow is promised. While it is important to expect the sun to rise the following day, understand that not everyone is fortunate enough to rise with it. Please understand that this is not an attempt to scare you; it is simply an attempt to wake you up.
There are only twenty-four hours in each day; eight of which are typically spent asleep. Which leaves you with a balance of sixteen and of those sixteen; eight of those hours are typically spent at your place of employment. If we check our balance, we are only left with a mere eight hours to work on making our dreams come true. How are you currently using your time? Of the things you are involved with during your eight hour balance, are they the highest and best use of your time? In a majority of cases, I would argue that the answer would be absolutely not. If you can read this, there is still hope in the future.
We did not plan the blessing which is the date of our birth and we certainly do not know when our expiration date will be. Treat yourself like a carton of milk. Typically when we buy milk we observe the date this perishable item will expire. Our goal is typically to use every drop from that carton before it expires as it will be of no use after that expiration date. Unlike milk, we are not fortunate enough to know our expiration date. However, that should not prevent us from maximizing the use of our talents, gifts and blessings to help leave our mark on the world.
The two dates that many people remember are your birth-date and your expiration date. Focus intently on the dash in the middle. What are you going to do to ensure that you are not simply wasting time while you are occupying your earth suit? It is critically important that you use your time wisely. Every day that you are blessed to see presents another opportunity to bring you closer to your dreams. It is imperative that you not reach your expiration date hoping you would have done more. There is no time like the present to ensure that you do what you can with what you have in order to have what is already meant for you.
Do not reach your expiration date prior to using every ounce of your talents and gifts. Your daily goal should be to live up to your full potential. Are you using your time wisely? Take an inventory of your time and refocus your energy on one of the most important pieces in your life; yourself.
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One morning I woke up unmotivated; imagine that. I woke up and really did not feel like facing the world. I think most winners are entitled to at least one or two of these types of days per year. The key is to snap out of it the second you’re being drawn in. Simply, as soon as you start feeling down, press the proverbial pause button, gather your thoughts and do not accept the negative path that your subconscious mind may be trying to lead you. Press pause and regroup.
That same morning I had a meeting to attend. It was not a mandatory meeting but it was certainly one that I should attend. Still feeling unmotivated, I gazed at the ever ticking clock hoping there was a pause button for that too. Finally, I decided to drag myself out of bed. I knew I was going to be late but I decided to show up like I promised. This wise decision would end up changing my life.
The message I’d like you to take away from the aforementioned experience is that even if you don’t show up on time, it is better to be late than not show up at all. There are divine appointments that have already been set for you; your goal is to simply meet these appointments half-way. Had I not shown up to this meeting, I would’ve not been able to connect with my divine appointment. The person that was specifically sent for me based on what I asked of God through prayers coupled with His omniscient understanding of our hearts desires.
No matter what you do, show up. Ninety percent of winning is simply being at the right place at the right time. The right time is when you decide to show up, even if it’s a little late.
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Attention, Attention! I need your attention for a few minutes. Time is all you have but unfortunately there is an end date. Yes, just like a carton of milk, all things expire. And the truth of the matter is we are not exempt. Well, there is good news; you do have this moment! You can choose to take control of your life right this second!
For years, I accepted things as they were; never really questioning the events around me. Never really asking any questions, sort of like many people do today. I was satisfied; yes, the dreaded “s” word. I had a great salary, great home, great friends; things were very comfortable; the dreaded “c” word. I was satisfied and comfortable; a recipe for disaster. Being comfortable causes complacency. When you are complacent, you do not leave any room for growth.
It is critically important that you don’t get complacent especially with the knowledge that all things change. Now, this message is not for everyone as many of you are perfectly content with where things are in your life. Rather, this message is for those who are no longer going to accept things as they are. This message is for those who are never satisfied and are always seeking new ways to get better.
It is perfectly normal to want the best this life has to offer. It’s not enough to want it, you have to go and get it!
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An idea is worthless if it is trapped in your head. The only way you can profit from an idea is if you share it with the world. Most of us wait until an idea is perfect before we share it. Unfortunately for some, the idea will never be perfect enough to share. We work out the details until it is crystal clear yet continue to create flaws in the design. Take it from me; your ideas are ready for launch. If they aren’t, they simply won’t take off.
You are and always will be your worst critic. Understand that no one will scrutinize your ideas as much as you will; that’s a good thing. The fact that some of you are waiting for the “right” moment before you share your billion dollar idea simply baffles me. News Flash! There is no such thing as a perfect time to do anything. The perfect time is when you decide to act; the perfect time is now!
Your goal is to not keep your ideas to yourself; if you do, the world around you will continue to lose out on the opportunity to benefit from your brilliance. Your ideas could save lives, time and even alter the world as we know it. Imagine what life would be like if Mark Zuckerberg said, “I’ll keep facebook to myself and not share it with the world until it’s absolutely perfect”. Today, most of us cannot imagine life without facebook.
Don’t be afraid to share and execute your ideas; ask yourself, what do I have to lose? The answer will always be, nothing at all.
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Some people walk around as if they have all the time in the world. As soon as the sound of the blaring alarm clock wakes you, you hesitantly drag yourself out of bed; which typically happens after you’ve pressed the snooze button a dozen or so times. You unenthusiastically embrace a day that you expect to respond to you positively. That’s sort of like expecting to win the lottery but you haven’t even purchased a ticket.
The promise in a day is determined by the promise you make to ensure that every second counts. Adjust your attitude in such a way that you begin to understand that each day you are promised may be the last day you are afforded the opportunity to get closer to your dreams and in many cases accomplishing it. It is my belief that we make time for things that are important to us. Accomplishing your dreams is your responsibility. If you are serious about being great, prove it by investing time toward it each and every day.
As it relates to your dreams and goals; time is of the essence. My life experience has taught me to expect miracles yet work diligently towards creating them. Miracles happen when God sees our commitment towards ensuring that the miracles come to pass. It is not enough to hope and pray for a miracle, you must also act and assist in the creation of them. In my life, I regard the miracles that have occurred as a combination between my own efforts and God giving me a little push. You can’t expect a miracle if you are not willing to put in the necessary time it takes to see one. While miracles do happen, they happen for those who aren’t afraid to use their time wisely.
It’s time to stop expecting that each day is inevitable and start working as if each day is your last.
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It has now been three days since he has seen the light of day. He has not been able to sleep and his diet over the past few days has been reduced to a few bites a day. Friends and family have been trying desperately to contact him yet he lacks the motivation to answer his phone. He does not want any contact with the outside world during this process. He is in terrible shape. He hopes that perhaps in time, his wounds will heal. His story sounds so much like most of ours at one point or another in our lives.
No one expects you to mend a broken heart rapidly; a broken heart takes time to rebuild. In fact, the only thing that can heal a broken heart is time. Initially, the actual event is so overwhelming that we refuse to accept it; we are experiencing the first stage of grief which is denial. The power of the mind allows you to control how you grieve a loss. The initial shock eventually transforms into an understanding. During this stage your “why” is typically answered and in some cases not.
The final stage is acceptance. By the time you have reached this stage, you have developed the necessary serenity required to press forward. Understand that things will happen to us, no one is immune to experiencing a disaster. With this understanding, I challenge you to program your mind to expedite to this stage as reasonably quickly as possible. Do not be misled, grieving is a process. I simply want you to develop an understanding that the one thing we cannot stop is time. Time will certainly continue to pass and so will the hurt we initially feel.
As time continues to move forward, we are encouraged to follow suit. Time truly heals all wounds.
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We live in a day and age where everyone expects everything the moment they request it. These days we are not willing to wait too long for anything; we need it and we need it now! A vast majority of our meals are on the-go, microwaved or conveniently handed through the windows of our vehicles. This particular way of thinking and behaving is damaging to the natural ebb and flow of destined blessings. This microwave mentality spoils you into thinking that everything should come just as easily.
Anything worth having not only takes time; it takes discipline and hard work. If it comes fast, it will leave just as fast if not faster. I remember the first car I purchased with my hard earned money. I took care of that car as if it were a new born baby. I washed it at least twice a day and sometimes in the rain. Like most things in life, I cherished the car because I know exactly what it took to get it. With hard work and dedication, I was able to see and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I am going to venture to say that I would have treated the car completely differently had it been a gift or a hand-me-down. While there are some cases where certain exceptions exist, I have witnessed countless real-life examples where this holds true.
Everyone wants to be rich but nobody wants to work for it. You must be willing to give it your very best each and every time. The fact that some blessings take longer than others should not prevent you from working twice as hard for the one that is on its way. Stop expecting miracles and start creating them. Get out of the mindset that you will get something for nothing, it does not work. When we slow down our efforts, we slow down the progress towards the realization of our dreams.
Everything cannot be as easy as 1-2-3; you won’t appreciate it as much. We appreciate most that which we work the hardest to obtain.
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While we obviously cannot change the past, we can build on the lessons learned to create a better future. Our future success depends on whether or not we learned from the mistakes of the past. It makes sense that if we do not learn from our past, we are doomed to repeat it. If you did not effectively evaluate the reasons why something didn’t work out in your life then you will certainly be repeating those same errors and thus continuously produce the same disappointing results.
Don’t be one of the countless people who blame their past for their shortcomings. Blaming anything or anyone but yourself is another sign that you may be insane. It is very convenient to pass the buck and not accept responsibility which explains why so many people do it. If your past is the reason why your current situation is what it is, you haven’t learned the intended lesson. I have learned that if I am unsuccessful at something it is critical that I understand the reasons why. If you know why something went wrong, you can fix it. Answer the “why” question.
Our past should merely serve as a reference guide for the future. Our past should never be viewed as a crutch. Every experience has shaped us into who we are today. If it weren’t for our past, our future would not exist. Understanding the past allows us to create directional roadmaps, analyze the present situation and respect the inevitable growth. You may not be where you want to be but thank goodness you are not where you used to be. Learning from your past is exactly what has gotten you this far and is what is going to take you to the next level. What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened it has all worked out to bring you to this very moment.
The beautiful thing about the past is that everything you have lived through helped to create the dynamic person you are today.
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Whether you like it or not, tomorrow will come and whether or not you’ve prepared for the day is of no importance. What is destined to happen will in fact happen. If you are one of the fortunate ones to greet the gift that is a day, you must begin to understand the importance of maximizing your minutes. You will only be allotted twenty-four hours each day to affect your circumstances. Whether we like it or not, those hours will continue to tick and tock away waiting for us to make our move. We need to decide not to continue to watch time pass us by.
Time waits for no man; this I cannot stress enough. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. That is precisely why we should take advantage of every single precious moment. I want you to shift your focus from yourself for just a second and think about the people who matter most in your life. When was the last time you told them you loved them? When was the last time you spoke to a parent? Is there someone who has wronged you in the past whom you haven’t forgiven? Today is the day this change happens.
Every message sent to us is meant to be heard at the specific time we receive it. It is up to us to recognize it as a message. My message is simple; learn to appreciate the time you are blessed with. Do not waste time on people and things that do not add to your overall value as a person. You know exactly what I am referring to. The time is now for you to make those necessary changes in your life. The time is now to choose to forgive yourself and forgive others; that is the only way you will truly move forward.
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