Look at a clock. Seriously, right now, stop what you’re doing and stare at a clock for one minute. Then come back and keep reading.
Guess what … you just spent a minute of your life looking at a clock. A precious minute of your life is gone. Was that a cruel trick? Maybe not, because if you grasp this important truth, your life can be positively and profoundly affected forever.
Here it is: The way you spend your time is the way you spend your life. Please repeat that last sentence until it sinks in.
Time is a finite resource. People say “There aren’t enough hours in the day.” Whether there are or not makes no difference. The fact is that there are exactly 24 of them, each containing 60 minutes. Like any finite resource, the more efficiently we can utilize it, the better.
Time is the true equalizer. Everyone gets exactly the same amount each hour. Some individuals are born with greater talent or money, but no one on Earth, regardless of how rich or gifted, has more or less time in a given week.
Shakespeare said, “nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defense.” That could almost be considered depressing and morbid. Much better to accept the quote’s truth and dismiss any intention of fighting time. Instead, make time an ally, embrace it, and become a master at its use.
There is incredible importance and power in this thing called time.
The above is used by permission from the book Three Years Of Tuesday Mornings: 156 e-mails about business and life by Steve Fales.