Thursday 12 November 2015 (Time Marches On)
Borrowed Money Can be paid back but can you say the same about Borrowed Time?
Having just experienced Dr. John C. Maxwell’s (my mentor and partner) latest and greatest book launching to date on “Intentional Living”, I am so encouraged and the timing of this posting could not have been better planned. Plans of Intention vs Actions of Intentionality and the sequencing of time are so closely knit. Let me explain further…
I was watching an old movie the other day. It was one of those classics that when you see it you clearly have deep thoughts afterwards. In fact, I remember reading the novel when I was in Junior High School. Definitely quite some time ago. So you must be wondering at this point what the name of this movie / book was called. Well it was called “On Borrowed Time”. A story of how a man was able to catch Mr. Death and hold him captive and thus protect his family from the inevitable. Eventually, he was released so that time could continue to march on. Another such film was H. G. Wells “The Time Machine” but unfortunately or maybe fortunately, none of us yet has the ability to go forward or backward in time except on TV or in the Movies.
Time is a commodity, in our existence, that has a beginning and an ending. Time in our universe, on the other hand, has a beginning but no ending. The sands of time in our hourglass are limited but the sands of time in our universe are never ending. Each and every one of us has the same 168 hours of time each week as the hour glass of our life resets itself. We have been given an opportunity by our birth to travel on a journey of life that has numerous destinations. Unfortunately, all too often, we get side tracked along the way. While we are young, we handle everything as if tomorrow is such a long way off. As if we could stretch time out as if to bring it to a stand still. As I remember the quote from Dickens’ classic novel “A Tale of Two Cities” that it was the best of times and it was the worst of times. I take it a step further and say that regardless, it is the times.
What are those distractions that can cause you to become sidetracked and off course? Well the list is virtually endless ranging from illness, fatigue, war to just plain procrastination. The “I’ll do it tomorrow” syndrome can be very contagious better known as the Scarlet O’Hara syndrome from the movie “Gone With the Wind”. The thinking that it is ok because you have plenty of time to get it done or that it won’t affect and effect you if you put it off. Well, that is all well and good if you have lots of time! The challenge is that none of us knows just how much time we have. What is most important (and sometimes it takes a life time to figure out) is to determine what your why is. To determine what the dash between your dates is to be and then go after it with all the energy and gusto that you have. I will cover that in another post which will also include the “why” of what you spend your time on. Again, I reference John Maxwell’s latest book “Intentional Living”.
Time does and will continue to march on. And if we are not careful, it will be gone in our lives to be carried away, just as the wind comes and goes. Just as the tide rises and falls. Just as the sun sets each day and the moon rises to reveal the heavenly space that abounds above. My first call to action for you this day, yes, this very day is to take action and plan out your time. That means that you need to write down everything that you need to accomplish and to set up your plan of action to take advantage of the time allotted. There are many means available both electronic for you modern types and of course paper. I prefer paper. If you are not used to writing things down, you have two solutions: Either Change or get someone (your coach) to help you make that list and then work it as if your life depended on it! Well, it does, doesn’t it? You need to understand that procrastination is not your friend. Decide what is urgent vs important. Urgent means now! Important while not urgent must be actioned on a timely schedule. Decide that other people’s distractions cannot become your distractions. That what they may perceive as their urgent may only be an important to you or not important at all. YOU must control YOUR time. Once time has come and gone, you cannot pay it back as if it were money that you borrowed. You cannot continue to live “On Borrowed Time”. Remember that while you are on a count up of your days on earth, you are also on a count down of your time remaining.
Additional calls to action are that I recommend you take the “7 Day Experiment” and the “30 Day Journey”. These will certainly help you on this journey through time (Those links will be found on my Leadership Facebook Page: Bermuda Bob Your Transformational Leadership Expert.
Get yourself an accountability partner who will hold you accountable to time. I hate to say this to you but your life depends upon it. As a fully certified Teacher, Trainer and Coach of the John Maxwell Team, I can help you to make the most of your time. I WILL BE and AM that Accountability Partner to you and for YOU!
Contact me today at BermudaBob@me.com The choice is yours but the results that will follow will be timeless…Peace. BB
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