What is the commonest excuse we often hear people make for not making good on their goals in life or adding value to the lives of others? The simple response is TIME.
Very often, we hear the needless complaints of people, lamenting their lack of time to make a difference in this world. Whether that difference includes becoming better in their craft, advancing towards their goals, or generally making the lives of others better.
The underlying reason for why they cannot get anything impactful done is basically the same. “I have no time.”
In my own humble opinion, I believe that we all have an invaluable asset at our disposal which in many cases, we either under-utilize or overtly abuse it. And that asset ties back to the same thing we find ourselves complaining often about TIME!
The truth is that we all have more than enough time to get the things that we need to get done. But the problem I believe is that many of us are not making good use of our time asset in the most productive way.
Somewhere at the backs of our minds, we believe that the people that have come out more successful than ourselves somehow have more than 24 hours at their disposal every day.
When in reality, we all have the same amount of time, 24 hours assigned to us. Every. Single. Day.
But you know what makes a difference for these ‘so-called’ successful people? It is their ability to make the best use of their time. And that is why they sometimes appear to be more productive than the rest of us.
In addition to all the countless excuses for why we are unable to achieve our dreams, we often make light the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
We frequently tell ourselves that we would only be able to impact the lives of others when we achieve certain societal statuses. And that translates to include when we have more time at our disposal.
You see, if all we ever wanted to achieve in life was to become successful for ourselves, then I must dare say that we are all failures.
If we have to go through life with the drive to achieve all the success that we can possibly get, without thought on how to impact the life of just one person, then I believe that all our efforts can be discounted for nothing.
So, what is the point I am trying to make?
My point is, regardless of where we are on the ladder of society, we can all make a difference (no matter how little that might be) in our lives, and in the lives of others.
And making a difference begins with becoming more productive and accountable with our time.
For some of us, we spend a whole lot of time hanging out with the wrong set of people and engaging in unprofitable and silly gossip.
For yet another group, it is the countless amount of time we spend on social media, monitoring the progress of every other person’s status update. And yet we end up complaining that we have no time to get anything done.
A recently released report shows that on average, we spend 2 hours and 15 minutes on social media every day! Can you imagine that?
Take away 2 hours and 15 minutes from your daily 24-hour allotment and check out what is left to sleep, go to work, and spend time with loved ones.
Now imagine that you decided to cut in half the amount of time you spend on social media, and reassign that time to making a difference in your own life, or in the lives of others. Now, do you see the point I am trying to drive at?
So, do you still think you do not have the time to make a difference in this world? I challenge you to think again.
For all you know, you may just be froth with the wrong things. And these include the wrong people, ideas or activities.
Rather than spend valuable time with the wrong set of people, engage in the wrong habits or browse aimlessly through the internet and social media, why don’t you step out and do something that would add value to your life and that of others?
Sit down and think about better and more productive ways to achieve your goals, or go out and volunteer for a cause you love. Go teach kids music or dance lessons or how to play football. Or go help out in a homeless or community shelter.
You would be better off as a person, than being froth with the wrong associations or activities.
Yes, we can all make a difference in this world (even if it is to varying degrees). And it begins with:
- Identifying our values
- Prioritizing our commitments
- Cutting down on time-wasting activities (including of course endlessly scrolling through the internet and social media)
- And making the effort to impact the life of only one person (no matter how little that would be)
All the very best,
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