Time is many things to all people. Some consider it as everything, while for others as something. But most agree that time is very important.
Imagine you’re sitting on a white sandy beach. You’re already 80 years old. You see your whole life and asked: Have I really lived? Is this the life I really wanted? Have I lived the reason why I exist?
Now let’s get back to your reality. What makes your life complete in every way–empowered, enriched in all aspect?
To avoid living life like drifting in the wind or frantic frenzies, you have to make the decision now. An ancient king said, “There will be a time for every activity.”
Here are three steps to start with.
1. See the Total Picture of the Future.
Time is all you got in this world. Make the most out of it by envisioning the future. Picture the future you want. Take an inspired view of what you would become, do or have. Think big and be hopeful.
True success isn’t about luck, but a product of intentional living, planning, doing things the right way, and series of failures, but still pursuing your dreams.
So what do you see for yourself, family, friends and your circle of influence, say, ten, twenty or fifty years from now?
Start with the end in mind.
2. Set Your Long-Range Plans.
Make specific plans for your family, not just yourself.
If you’re younger, when will you complete your formal studies? While academics is no guarantee for success, it is an essential path for most, like sending our kids to college. The point is, we commit into lifelong learning and develop ourselves into wonderful becoming.
When will you commence your work? Establish your life and work/business by making major decisions, taking a certain level of risks, and accomplishing roles in life. Ask, am I just surviving or thriving?
When will you “change your tire”? Although I’m not a fan of retirement–and does not consider it in my calling of life–you have to decide when are you going end a job and “re-tire” towards a greater life.
3. Set Your Goals To Accomplish Your Plans.
I’m a goals-setter and goal-getter. I plan ahead what to do and execute them. But I always refer those goals to the bigger picture, not the other way around.
Yes, you can start with SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound).
When will you accomplish certain goals to get nearer to your vision or dream? It’s advisable that you focus on the most productive goals.
Productivity relies on your ability to see the big picture of life, focus on the essential, do what has to be done and accomplish them in time.
I’m a believer of the philosophy, “It’s not how long you live, but how well you live life to the fullest.” When you set your timelines, be open for greater possibilities.
Envision your life and plan as if you’ll live a hundred years. But daily spend a quality moment as if you’ll die tomorrow. Take time.
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017