Do you have an “IT”?
Many of us do. We call them goals, dreams, aspirations, and they can range and vary as widely as we do from person to person. This variance however is only a detail. No matter your IT you can find it a reality. To do so, first it is benefitted by truly understanding what your IT is.
Our respective IT can shift from moment to moment, varying throughout our day. IT = DESIRE. Whether that desire is the trivial day to day of physical provisions, and caring for bodily needs, or perhaps a grand aspiration that could form not just your future but those of many around you, the desire is your IT.
No matter your IT, there is really only one goal: Make IT Happen
If you follow me on social media, it will become quickly apparent that this is my mantra, my mission statement, my motto towards life. Make IT Happen!!! The saying evokes action, focus, decisiveness, and the ever forward moving approach to life that leans to accomplishment, failure, success, and fulfillment.
I am confident that regarding the smaller ITs of finding sustenance and general covering, you are well informed. For the purpose of this discussion we will focus on an IT that is directly related to one of the four pillars of success: LIFE, ART, STRENGTH, and CHARACTER.
As with anything, if you want to build something of worth you must start with the foundation, and our foundation is our LIFE. From your LIFE comes all other aspects. Uniquely, it is both our foundation, and our final product. What is LIFE? It is the foundational core of our existence as humans. Our family, friends, career, it is all those things we do and are. Perhaps your IT in LIFE is the balanced use of your move valuable asset, Time.
There is a popular quote illustrating the value of time:
“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?
Each of us has such a bank. It’s name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.
If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow.”
You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The clock is running!! Make the most of today.”
This illustration reflects for us the inescapable truth of life, and calls to light our attitude towards it. We all could benefit from a more balanced application of our time. Time to be healthier, to exercise, to spend with loved ones, to apply that time where need to accomplish a personal goal, another IT. All this is related, yet first we do well to manage our most valuable, yet uncontrollable resource. Make IT Happen!
How can you balance your Time?
Take an inventory. Where does your time go currently? Feel free to use hours and minutes by the way, makes the math much easier. Log in a notebook how much time you may be spending on any specific activity. Whether that be Work, Shopping, Entertainment, or doing nothing at all, it all costs time. Establish its cost.
With your inventory complete, make a complimentary list of where you would prefer your life to go. For example your inventory may show you’re sleeping 8 hours a day, yet losing over 10 hours per day to your job, along with the 2 hours that go towards driving to work it leaves you just 4 hours in your day for other activities. After you factor in getting ready for work, and preparing/eating dinner, what time is left? Not everything can fit into our days off either, meaning adjustments must be made. We have to Make IT Happen!
What can we do?
- Work less hours.
- Work closer to home.
- Sleep less.
Whatever we decide therein lays the principle. We have to MAKE it happen. Once we have our IT, action is then required from us. No matter what pillar of our life we are working on (LIFE, ART, STRENGTH, or CHARACTER), there is no one to do it for us. Sure we help each other, encourage each other, yet to achieve growth it is us who must grow, us who must MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!
Thank you for reading!