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COURTESY OF LEADERSHIP THINK TANK.
Let's play a game.
Sit back and imagine you won the following prize.
Every morning at 6:30 a.m. your bank deposits $86,400.00 into your bank account. But there's a catch, of course. There are rules you must follow.
Rule #1: You have 24 hours to spend the money. You can't transfer it to another account or give it away.
Any money remaining in your account at 5:59 a.m. is removed from your account.
The next morning at 6:00 a.m, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00.
Rule #2: The game will end one day without warning. You won't have any idea when this is going to happen, but it will.
At some point in the future you will wake up, and the account will no longer exist.
How would you react to this bottomless account?
Here's my guess for how this could work:
Day One: You pay off all your debt, then head to Amazon and buy anything and everything you desire, and go to bed content and excited for the morning.
Day Two: You'd be more strategic about spending all of the $86,400, so you'd think bigger. To do this, you would buy yourself a Tesla or some other luxury item you've been dreaming about owning. With anything
Day Three: You could move onto buying things for your family.
Eventually, you would buy things for strangers and charities because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself. You would try your best to blow every last penny. Why wouldn't you?
But eventually, it would become a chore to spend this money every day.
Plus who cares if you spend a few days laying around on the couch watching Netflix -- there's always more money tomorrow, right?
Here's the thing, each of us is in possession of such an account, we just can't seem to see it.
Every morning we wake up and have time -- 86,400 seconds to be exact -- and when we go to sleep at night all unused time disappears.
What we haven't used up is lost. Forever.
You can never buy yourself more of it. You CAN zero in on what you do and when you do it.
You could hustle and work tirelessly. Endlessly chase your tail and still never get to where you want or accomplish what you set out to accomplish.
We need to find our tiny points of leverage.
Not tireless optimization of our time -- that's lame and robotic -- simple awareness of it.
It is a process, and processes take time, energy, and resources to implement - all resources are finite, so we must stay focused on finding our leverage points.
Work harder at working less.
Practice: Making Time Focus and preparation are critical to self motivation. Priming your mind to get the most out of your day, week, month, year, LIFE is key so you'll be ready to absorb information.
Rather than adding tools, to-do lists, momentum planners and tasks to your day, what can you REMOVE from your day.