How to Set Your Time Line Purposively?

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

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When Is the Time To Quit?

Perhaps you’ve heard that quitters don’t win. But don’t you know that winners do quit?

The point is: there’s a difference between a quitter and knowing when to quit. Quitters habitually give up. While winners know when to let go of anything that’s not worth pursuing or in line with their life purpose.

This means, there is a positive side to quitting. When you really know your positive purpose why you have to do certain things, you follow what’s good and ethical in order to achieve it.

After doing your best and things do not seem to work right, here are some considerations about your timing to quit.

1. Leave When Your Service Is No Longer Valued.

Let’s admit it. There’s no such thing as perfect workplace. But common sense will tell you if the place and relationships are heavily toxic and would cost you your health, sanity and soul. It’s not easy working with bully bosses, inhuman-and-no-relationship HR officers, unethical business practices and the like.

Perhaps you struggled to comprehend why such people with tiny character were given with big authority to belittle people like you. However, when your contract is breached, covenant broken, or agreement denied, what’s the point of working together?

When you see that your self and services are no longer valued and your ideals trampled, think if it’s time to leave. Always remember this: there is someone better out there who need your services and willing to reward your best.

2. Let Go When You’re No Longer Growing. 

If you are committed to your total growth and there’s no more challenge in your work, it’s time to leave. This is not a license for incompetents who just want promotions every two years.

It’s sad when very potential people are stuck in dehumanizing environments. But winners do not allow to be stifled spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially by self-limiting opportunities.

When you see you’re not reaching your full potential, even if you’re on top and still feel empty inside, get out and pursue your destiny.

3. Lead Yourself Towards a Greater Challenge. 

Sometimes, others will do the termination for you or frame you out. Take courage. It’s not yet the end of the world. For in most cases, you have the greater choice ahead.

Don’t be afraid to start over again or fail forward. Take the challenge of exploring new horizons. It’s a wide blue ocean out there. Sail on.

Move out and make an ethical exit. Don’t be afraid of what other people think. You know yourself better than them. After all, it’s your life. So don’t waste it on a marketplace of lies, deception and barrenness.

There are things money can’t buy. When you don’t see good purpose in what you are doing, leave. If it’s unproductive or destroying you, quit. If it’s doing you nothing good, stop. Quit on purpose.

As a wise King said, “There is a time for everything…a time to give up.” Know when to stop and let go.

Glenn Plastina (c) 2017

How to Set Your Roles Around Your Purpose?

To set your roles around your core purpose means to center your life on principles.

In keeping your direction in this vast confusing world, you need your North Star, your immovable point of reference. you might not be able to change the direction of the wind, but, certainly, you can manage your sail and rudder, so to speak.

But in this journey, your vehicle must contain what matters to you the most. Imagine if you’re on vacation and when you reached your destination you forgot your wife and children at home. You can’t afford to reach your destination and forget the very important matters to you. Right?

So how do you keep on rolling in this wonderful adventure and keep your balance? What makes it worth the trip?

Here are three rules to set your roles in proper perspective.

1. Prioritize Your Relationships.

We all are made for relationships. Foremost is your loved ones or family. You have to find meaning in your role as a spouse, parent or family member.

Another relationships we have are friendships. You have to build meaningful and genuine relationships with special individuals and significant influence in your community or workplace.

For me, as believer and follower, the most important relationship I have is with God. It keeps me centered. I’m not sure about you, but having relationship with someone greater than yourself is worth prioritizing in this life.

2. Pursue Your Calling or Vocation.

Work is more than earning money to provide for your needs and buy what you want. You can actually find eternal significance on your temporal job, work or business. That is if you consider this calling and career as part of the expression of your relationship with God.

For some, work is a form of worship, while it’s rat race for others. Some people take it as blessing, while others have it as burden. However, if you have a sense of purpose, you can turn your work as part of your spiritual calling.

Do you find meaning in your work or business? In what ways your tasks serve as an expression of your mission for living?

3. Persist in Your Passion.

What are you passionate about? If money is not a problem, what would you love doing with your life?

A lot of people find meaning on their passion. Some are into expressing their creative geniuses in arts, music, athletics and academics, while others volunteer to serve others, make difference and improve the world.

There are also passionate people for worship, loving God and fellow people. Whatever interest you have that are true, good, compassionate, noble, and right, pursue them. Be true to your heart and conscience.

At the core of your life and leadership is purpose. It is the hub of all your roles, functions and responsibilities. You may leave behind a legacy or wealth, but having to live without purpose will make you void in the end with all the tools and ploddings.

With your center of gravity, all fit together.

What Will You Gain for Having Life Purpose?

Having life purpose isn’t a trend—not just something you write on your dream book or post on your wall—but essential to an intentional life and leadership.

Imagine yourself climbing a ladder without any reason why. You carefully ascend to secure yourself and succeed in whatever you think there is up there. When you reached the top, you found there’s nothing up there that means a lot to you.

The truth is, many people scaled this life, striving to go uphill and reached the top still empty. Why? There’s lack of purpose.

Here are three important principles you’ll gain in having a life purpose.

1. Envision Your Whole Life. Purpose does not give meaning only, it also offers you unique overview of your entire life. You’re not just working hard or climbing the ladder of success for no apparent reason. You’re no longer living life in random.

Having life purpose gives you awareness of your direction and dreams of life. This is having a mission for your existence, your family and career. You’re not just mounting from one ladder to another and hope you’ll get better.

Have a unique perspective of your life. Dream big. Envision your future in line with your purpose. You must ascend and reach the top with a sense of single-mindedness that this is what you’re living for.

2. Enjoy What You Do. When you have a purpose in life, you become deliberate in your actions. You also persist. That consciousness of intentionality provides more pleasure in doing what you are passionate about.

A clear purpose in life will give you a better understanding of why you do the things you do. Once you have that, you’re on your way to greater pleasures and satisfaction in your quest for life in yourself, family relationships and work.

Enjoy what your hands find to do by making sense of it in line with your meaning of life. If you have a purpose, you’ll be enjoying more what you do, find satisfactions in your accomplishments, and persevere when you experience setbacks.

3. Experience Contentment. Life without contentment is a disaster. You can’t get enough and you don’t know when enough-is-enough. But with purpose, you guard your heart regarding the things that you possess or gain.

Have you heard of people who you thought to have everything but were actually miserable? Time and time again, the material things do not satisfy the heart. Filling your surroundings with things does not necessarily bring fulfillment.

But having life purpose will profit you a lot knowing that everything you possess has meaning—that these are intended for something greater than their material value.

Indeed, climbing a ladder that’s leaning on the wrong wall is a tragedy of life. You can avoid that. That’s why I really advise that you start with finding your life purpose.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, you’ll see the vanity of all things if life has no purpose. No matter what you become, do or have, they are meaningless. Now, what’s your purpose in life?

Glenn Plastina (c) 2017