I was sitting at my table working on a white sheet, knocking out emails I hadn’t gotten to earlier in the day and I stopped to see what time it was …
1 a.m. – already?
Where had the day gone?
I needed to finish this white sheet, I needed to read for 15 minutes, I needed to get through five more emails and I would love to call five more people to get another haystack for the day.
I was scheduled to work out at 7 a.m. the next day with my trainer too.
I had decisions to make. I could go to sleep, I could keep working or I could watch TV.
What do you do when you are in this situation? It’s in those moments when you decide how to spend your minutes and hours that you can probably figure out WHY you are where you are in life.
On this night, I finished the white sheet, cranked off five or six more emails and called people on the West Coast that I knew were still awake just like me, working to be more successful. After that, I read for 15 minutes and headed to bed just before 2 a.m.
On this night, and most nights, my “WHY” is greater than my desire to sleep. Making decisions about how you spend the 24 hours you are given each day is what makes the difference between an average person and a great person. Your FOCUS on the task at hand is what makes you different from others.
Great people focus on what they need to do most. They don’t get distracted. They don’t worry about what other people think. They get the job done and move on to the next goal in front of them.
What is your WHY? Where is your FOCUS … right now, today, this hour, this minute? If you can get locked in on that daily, you will see big things start happening for you.
Here’s some of the things I am focused on …
Reading, conversations, watching educational videos, etc.
When your focus is on tasks that help you figure out your why, your dreams and your goals, then you get where you want to go faster. When you are great, you are not focused on weeks, months and years down the road. You focus on the 24 hours you have today. You work on that because all you have is today. Tomorrow is not promised so why would you put something off today when you don’t know if it will be there to tackle tomorrow?
The next time you are tired or want to do something unimportant, push yourself to stay focused just a few minutes longer. Make this a habit and I promise you it will pay off.
Don’t let up. Chase your dreams every day. You’ve got 24 hours, how are you going to spend it?