How will you spend your day? Every one has 24 hours. It just comes down to what you are doing with yours. Even though that should be a wake up call for all of us, it seems that we can still be quite proficient at squandering a fair amount of our precious, limited and priceless time. I'm just as guilty of this as anyone.
No matter how much money you are willing to pay, you can never buy back the time that has already slipped through your day that you wasted, producing nothing of value. And you can't buy any extra for the future, either. But you can use the future wisely. Maybe planning things a little better, seeing things a little differently. Learning from the past, but not stewing and worrying about it. Learn from it, get over it and move on. So many people do nothing but dwell in the past,thereby wasting a whole lot of valuable time. They could have been making progress during that same time.
Now, I'm not going to tell you that you need to learn how to "manage your time more effectively". I'm not the one to preach on that topic. In fact I think some people go too far with this and try to manage every second of every day, which I don't agree with. That just sets yourself up for a lot of disappointment and frustration. As in most things, we all have to find a balance that works for us. So that's something you'll have to work out for yourself. But the fact remains that we really do need to use our time the best we can since it is limited.
For instance, it seems that at any given time, there are always some who do nothing but gripe about how their government, union, employer, economy or taxes are making their lives miserable. They spend way more time than they realize on all the negatives instead of seeking out a solution for their "troubles." If you see something that needs to change in your life, then ask around about what you can do to accomplish it. Just make sure to seek out qualified people to get advice from. Sometimes this can be in the form of a book on a certain subject. Developing the habit of reading on a regular basis will help tremendously if you select the books carefully.
Also, it would benefit many people to start seeing themselves as fully able to provide for themselves instead of depending on the government, unions, employers, etc. to do that for them. It wasn't that long ago that everyone had to do that anyway. Our country hasn't even been around for 250 years yet. I remember our 200th birthday - 1976. Seems like yesterday to me. This weak "entitlement" mentality is not the way it's always been. It's a recent development in our history, and in my opinion has only served to drag down our country and economy. I'm all for helping people that truly need help, but not someone who is just lazy and will not work.
Everyone that is able needs to stand up and do for themselves. Spend your day believing in yourself and working for what you want, not searching for someone or something to blame for your lack. Remember, you only have 24 hours in your day, and about a third of those are for sleep. Why spend any of what's left on worthless garbage that will not push you closer to your goal?
I could go on for a long time about this, and I probably will in the future. But until then, please, just start to think for yourself. Think of bigger possibilities. Educate yourself by reading. Believe that you can accomplish your dreams. Use your day for something outstanding. It won't take any more effort than something average, and the reward is much greater.
Mitch Ferguson, March 2009