When you were born into this crazy chaotic thing we call life, you were blessed with the opportunity to maximize and build your relationship properly with me. But unfortunately like most, you neglect my qualities for the gratification that; TV, searching endlessly on the internet, hanging out with the wrong people (who don’t build you up) or eating the wrong food brings.
The thing that saddens me the most is that once I am gone, I am gone and you won’t have me back.
Don’t be mistaken in thinking that you will have me forever.
Maybe you don’t take me for granted because I was given to you for free ?
I am “TIME” – and like all things time has its limitations.
For us to live a truly a fulfilled life we need to have a high return on investment (ROI) on the time we are blessed with.
One thing I have learnt over the past few years is that life is short (VERY SHORT) and no matter what you do you can never get time back.
A successful life is not made by just simply how you spend your time, but how you invest it;
- Who you invest it with
- The foods you choose to eat
- The lifestyle you choose to live each day
- And the environment you spend each day in
All of these daily choices depict who we are and what we have. A short term sugar rush, cheap laugh or extra kg of fat may feel good right now but its worthless long term. We need to be wise with how we invest our time. Invest it freely thinking that it is endless and you will be disappointed time and time again.
I know its cliché but we are all blessed with the same 24 hour day, how each person chooses to invest each second guides their future into place. When we invest money we expect it to grow and increase its value over time. But with our time we can sometimes blindly invest it without thinking about its “value”.
To realise the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realise the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realise the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realise the value of one minute, as a person who just missed the train.
To realise the value of one second, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realise the value of one millisecond, ask the person who just won silver in the Olympics.
But there is great news!
You don’t need to drop everything and create a whole new life today. What matters is you make gradual progress and start today!!
Here is my list of the top 5 things you can do to get your highest ROI on time and life.
(in no particular order)
1) Become well informed: Read, do courses, search reputable websites, like the phrase says “knowledge is power”, you need to become well informed to make smart decisions. Reading the latest women’s health or men’s fitness magazines will do you more harm than good. Most of the articles are submitted by supplement companies and corporations with financial interest in those advertisements. Find a reputable source and continue to grow. (I hope my articles are one of your choices).
2) Plan, Plan, Plan: Follow the 5 P’s “Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”, having a detailed action plan and using it will never fail you. You may be faced with hiccups and bumps along the road but having the right action plan in place will keep you in line when things get rocky.
As Abraham Lincoln was quoted to have said “If I had 6 hours to cut down a tree, I would spend the first 4 hours sharpening my ax”.
Using training diaries and setting goals is the best way to know the outcome of your daily investments.
3) Eat well: Seems simple, but if we don’t invest time in fueling our bodies properly:
- Muscle wont repair
- We will gain weight
- We can go through energy ups and down
- Run the risk illness
And risk the chances of other medically related problems. Investing in the right nutrition will keep you healthy and save you a lot more time in the gym trying to burn off excess calories.
4) Rest: a well-rested body and mind will perform a million times better than one which doesn’t have adequate rest and repair. Your body and mind both need time to shut down. If you are constantly active you will soon reach a point where fatigue sets in and all progression is at a standstill. Don’t confuse “not being active” with “fully rested”, if your mind is still on it is still functioning in the background, kind of like an iPhone with a thousand apps still running, your battery will die pretty quick. Have a nap, go for a swim, listen to some soothing music and shut your brain off when you feel yourself losing focus frequently. Trust me you will soon regain better focus and process things faster after you have taken this time. The same goes with your body if you are smashing yourself 7 days a week in the gym you will burn out pretty quick take a few days off each week and if needed do light activities and stretching, your body will repair faster and prevent injuries.
5) Exercise: the best way to create a stronger version of yourself is through exercise. Not only will you physically grow stronger through exercise but you will increase your mental strength and limitations when you push yourself in the gym. Each minute you invest though exercise your body will repay you with better:
- Flexibility (if you stretch)
- Injury prevention
- Stronger bones
The list goes on, my favorite by far is the endorphin release you get after a great session. You physically can’t wipe the smile off my face after a great session, talk about a huge ROI.
Empower your future by investing your time wisely each and every day.
We have the same amount of time and no matter your circumstances you do have the option to how you invest your time.
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Don’t waste your time wishing for it, use your time working for it!