When last have you gone to bed tired, really enjoyed a peaceful sleep, punctuated with some very welcome dreams, only to wake up the next morning, one hour after your alarm was set to go off? You take one glance at the clock on the wall or on your phone… and you instantly realize you will be late for work, for that all important appointment, or your flight on a no-refund ticket. You immediately go into overdrive, and even panic. Why? Because you suddenly realize it is later than you thought… and even when you are on vacation, being late always has consequences… some not so serious, others can be life-changing… or even fatal.
Time is one of the few things that is universally understood by every one in its simplest form. Along with death, it is one of the great equalizers in life. The rich, the poor, the famous, the prisoner, the President and the pauper are all given the same number of hours in each day. No one can slow it down, or speed it up. And despite its huge asset value, it cannot be traded on the stock market. Among other things, it is how we use our limited time that will greatly influence whether or not we achieve the dreams and aspirations and goals we set for ourselves. Time is money, but cannot be bought or sold. And as Chaucer reminds us, “Tide and Time wait on no man”
But time is both limited in quantity, and unpredictable in duration. You have a date of birth, and so do I. One day, we both will have a date of death. The difference between our dates of birth and death equals the length of our life-time.
Whatever your dreams and aspirations, goals and intentions may be, achieving them is limited to your life-time. Whenever we close our eyes for the final time, it will be too late to make any adjustments to our legacy on earth, and too late to prepare for life after death. With this in mind, that places increased value and a sense of urgency on today, and on NOW!
So how can we redeem the limited time we have?.
We must place maximum emphasis, not just on today, but on now. Time does not fly in years… but in seconds. Make your seconds, minutes and hours productive, and your days months and years will be prosperous. Do not put off for tomorrow what can be done today. Make decisions and pursue actions today that are required for the positive outcome we seek tomorrow. Prioritize the activities that compete for your limited time, and invest your time in those activities that will be most beneficial in helping you achieve your goals. Daily over-achieving will never hurt you, but consistent under-achieving will.
There is a time to sleep and a time to relax. Neither of those in adequate amounts is a waste of time. But procrastination and slothfulness are both robbers of our destiny by stealing our time – time, which once lost, can never be recovered.
Yesterday is a cancelled check. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today and now are the only reliable currencies of time. And because you will never know what the future holds, It is later than you think,.