You may have had the chance to read some of my time management tips that I write about from time to time here so you might realize the importance I place on this in my life and believe you should as well.
But at the same time I know that it isn’t always easy.
And that getting rid of our bad habits can be tough.
One question we should always ask ourselves is “what difference does a few minutes make?”
There reason I say this is because we so often say to ourselves such things as:
- What difference would it make if I’m late
- What difference would it make if I skip my exercises today
- What difference would it make if I canceled the appointment
- What difference would it make if I push back the meeting
- What difference would it make if I do it tomorrow instead
The problem with these questions is that the answer is, most of the time, “not much.”
The problem is that each time we fail to keep our promises to ourselves and our friends it makes the next time even easier.
Soon the seeds are sown, and we’re trapped in a vicious circle.
My mentor Jim Rohn used to say, “failure isn’t a cataclysmic event” and how right he was.
And failure, just like success, isn’t an overnight event.
If we knew the path we were on would lead to certain death we wouldn’t bother going down it. The problem is, that in life, we can only see so far.
We can’t see just how our small decisions today will affect our tomorrows.
That’s why we must learn to see the future. Take a look around, the signs are there.
A few minutes might not seem like a lot of time but put enough of those minutes together you get a day, then a week, then a month.
Soon those minutes start adding up, and those minutes become our lives.
Each of us only gets so many.
Use them wisely.