The next 24 hours belong to you


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?

12 thoughts on “The next 24 hours belong to you

  1. Denise King

    Yes, you have told us this. Due to iur imperfections we have to hear it over and over again. Just Gid reminds over and over and so did our parents. I will be printing thus reminder and reading it daily!

  2. Terry Mitchell

    A.A. call me about my 48 hours per day experiment I participated while in college. It is a testament as to the resilency and adapability of the human body and the brain power we all possess. It is focus and then a little bit more focus.

  3. Charles

    I am working with Alan Hooley in Florida, currently residing in New Mexico, Santa Teresa, outside of El Paso, TX. I enjoy, very much so, listening to, and reading your blogs, Andy, terrific recommendations, and so very, very true, incredibly so!
    Please keep up the great works, and the very best regards to you and your family, Andy!

  4. Percy L Jones Sr

    I am at that piont at this moment needing to push thru but you daily stuff who you need to pay & where the money is going to come from & what the quikie way to get it, and then the old hustle you who can so manual make stuff happen, but that only a quick fix,
    All this is to say THANK YOU remining me what things I need to concentre on. ”CHASE MY DREAM EVERYDAY,EVERYHOUR!!!!


  5. cord goodson

    So true. We battle with these type of decisions daily. Sometimes I make the right choice and sometimes I take the easy route. I’m constantly trying to improve in these decisions.

  6. Rogers Straughter

    Accountability Andy. This helps to know that God, Family and You are looking at me! What is seen is up to me. This 24 hours is yours. I want to “Back the Truck Up” and do the $1000 fist bump with you! Stephen Davies told the team on Friday that activity solves problems! I will succeed! We will win!

    -Rogers Straughter

  7. Rita Alleyne

    Excellent Andy! I never thought of work as one day at a time! All out! God Bless you and your Family

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