Depending on how your favorite team did in their last game, you may feel like a winner….or not? Take it from me, the fact that you woke up this morning makes you a winner. Even with all you must do and be and endure, you are winning at life. What does being a winner mean to you?
What would you do if you found out you just won $86,400? Hold on before you answer, because there’s a catch. You must spend it all in the next 24 hours. Whatever is not spent or invested will go away 24 hours after you’ve been awarded it. Would you be frivolous, or would you spend or invest it on things of lasting value? Take a few minutes to think about it.
The truth is, every day we wake up, we’ve been given something even more valuable than $86,400. We’ve been given 86,400 precious seconds of life to spend, invest, or squander any way we choose. Just like the theoretical monetary jackpot I just mentioned, we don’t get to save those seconds. We either invest them wisely or squander them. Regardless of how we choose to use them, once they’re gone, they’re gone. If we look at our current portfolio of how we’ve been doing with what we’ve been given over the last several years, what would it look like? Would we be happy with the return on our investments, or disappointed because we’ve been squandering more than we’ve been investing? Has there been growth in every area of our lives? That’s a question we all need to ask ourselves, not just at the start of a new year, but on a regular basis.
How are we spending that precious commodity – time? I always see several Facebooks posts after big games concerning disappointment over having wasted the last few hours watching it, hours they’d never get back. We’ve all said that about several different things in our lives, but are we making alternate plans – plans that will foster greater growth and happiness, plans we won’t regret? Only you can decide what those plans should be for you. How do you intend to grow/improve mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually today, this week, this year?
It’s important to have a plan each day, especially if we intend to get the most out of it. Well known businessman and speaker Jim Rohn said, “Never begin the day until it is finished on paper.” In essence, he meant we should have a plan for what we intend to accomplish each day, and follow through with our plans. This is the opposite of what many of us do, which is either doing just enough to get by or flying by the seat of our pants. We can all do better. What’s your plan?
This short message today is to encourage you to think about how you’re using your time and changes you could make that would bring you more joy now and in the future. Write down the behaviors that will get you there, the behaviors that signal an investment in yourself and your best life. Look at them every day and create daily “to do” lists and plans that will make your dreams a reality once you act on them. Share those plans with those who are closest to you, so they can hold you accountable and be your strength and support to help you get moving and keep moving.
It’s time to stop coasting and start investing. I’ve included a fun video by Mel Robbins to help you get going. For more by Mel, try reading “The 5 Second Rule” for a great way to get yourself moving when you’re not in the mood, because let’s face it, most of the time we know what we need to do, we just need help pushing ourselves in the right direction. This book gives you a method that helps you do what you know you need to do but are having trouble getting started.
We are going to make mistakes each day, but that’s part of living, taking risks, and moving out of our comfort zones. Growth only comes when we move out of our comfort zones. The only way to begin each day with high spirits is knowing we’ve done our best the previous day, having a purpose for the new day, and feeling excitement about our purpose. Living life on purpose energizes the soul!
So, go, get out there! Step out of your comfort zone. Invest in yourself and your best life today. Invest every single one of those 86,400 seconds in a way that makes you feel like a winner! When you commit to change, challenge mind and body, and create a new paradigm, you can conquer ANYTHING!