“The trouble is, you think you have time” – Jack Kornfield
You only have this one precious life, and your time on this Earth is limited. Once life is over, your opportunity to make an impact on this planet ends. The number one regret people have on their deathbed is that they wish they spent more time with the people they love. Worrying less and forgiving more rounded out the top three.
For some, death will be eighty years from now. For others, eighteen. The less fortunate will only have eight years. Tragically, it may only be eight months, weeks, days or hours for many. Your time here is not guaranteed. With each day that passes, you have less time here. In fact, you are running out of time right now. Does this create urgency for you? If it does, it’s because deep down you acknowledge that you are not completely fulfilled, and there are things you desperately want to do in this world that you’re just not getting around to. You owe it to yourself to maximize your life experience. So, see how far you can go.
To see your full potential, you need to ditch meaningless time wasting people, behaviors and activities. Stop them from distracting you from your most important goals. Learn how to take control over your time by focusing and optimizing, making the most out of your twenty four hours in each day. This starts with having a mission every day, week, month and year. The mission should be your purpose for living. It is your entire framework. Once you establish your mission, build goals that act as stepping stones towards completing that mission.
As you analyze your behavior, eliminate all actions that do not contribute to the goal. You will be surprised with the amount of meaningless behaviors you’ve adopted over the years. They eat up large chunks of your time, which is your most valuable asset. Would you leave your money in stocks that continuously lose value, weakening your collective portfolio? If you monitor and optimize your money responsibly, why wouldn’t you treat your time the same way? Time and health are the two most valuable assets for all humans; without either, you’re doomed.
- watching television
- scrolling through social media feeds
- arguing with strangers on the internet
- searching for a gif for the group chat
- fighting over trivial things (politics, sports)
- celebrity news
- worrying (about almost anything)
- holding grudges
- treating a hangover
- complaining about your boss
- long commutes
- thinking about what other people say/think
- fantasy sports
- video games
- looking up your ex (and their new guy)
- filtering your Instagram photos
These are just some of the ways you are currently wasting your life away. Sure, many of these things are enjoyable, but if you’re being honest with yourself, you will acknowledge that you spend too much time doing these things when you could be doing more important things with your life. These activities are taking the place of more meaningful human experiences that you’ll end up regretting on your deathbed.
Remember that you will die one day; it’s unavoidable. While you’re here, never stop creating your legacy and doing the things that will enrich your life. Don’t settle, unless settling is what you ultimately want. Prioritize the most important aspects of your life. If you don’t need it, eliminate it. If it brings negativity, cut it immediately. Live your best life while you still have time.
-Your Big Bro