“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” This powerful statement was made by businessman and author, Harvey Mackay. It’s also the same quote that garnished the wall of my client’s meeting room. It’s a reminder that our time is valuable. Although it’s intuitive, it’s so easy for us to neglect it. What are you doing with your time? Are you sitting and dreaming about what could be, or are you actively taking steps toward that goal or aspiration?
Dreaming has no risk, but as long as that goal of going back to school, starting a new business, starting a weight loss program, or getting a certification stays in your head you’ll never achieve it. You may be saying, “Where do I start?” You can start by asking yourself a few questions:
What do I want to accomplish? Be specific. Many times, we waste time dreaming about the possibilities. It’s time to stop! Spend the time to really understanding what you want to do
Why do I want to accomplish it? Understand your motivation. This could be the key to keep you going when things don’t look like they’re working in your favor.
Who will benefit from me achieving it? This is your measure of impact. I remind myself often that there are others benefiting from my success. Knowing who will be impacted will help you fine tune your focus.
When would I like to accomplish it? Put a date on it! Any goal worth accomplishing is worth the time it takes to get to the finish line. Set milestones to keep you motivated.
Who can help me achieve it? Use your network. You probably already know someone who knows someone that can help you. When I started my business, I was surprised by those that were willing to help when I asked. Know what you need and ask for it.
It’s your time, so what are you going to do with it? It’s valuable, so don’t waste it.