Every Hour Is Precious

A few days ago for daylight savings I had to put all the clocks in my home forward one hour, something we’ve all been doing for years.  But It wasn’t until that day that I realized how precious the hour I just went forward in time was.

I was sitting at my computer, checked the time and it was 7:49 pm.  Almost eight, but if we didn’t go forward an hour it would only be 6:49 pm.  And at 6:49 I usually get ready to watch a movie, or go out to run some errands.  Yet here I was at 7:49, almost time to get into my cozy bed and fall asleep.

Time is something I wish I could slow down at certain points of my life, I’m sure it is for all of us.  But how come there is only 24 hours in a day? Not 25? Or 30?  It would be better if it was 30, then I could spend more time doing things I wanted to do.

And that get’s us to the main point: every hour is precious to us.  We can do so much in a mere hour, do a full workout, get a lot better at something, watch a few episodes of your favorite show.  Or we can learn another section out of a unit at school, or complete another task you had to at work.

Every hour we live through should be something to be grateful for and something to be proud of.  We have a lot of hours in our life’s, and it’s important we don’t waste those hours.  We spend a lot of times on our phones, computers, and just waiting for something to happen.

Waiting

What are you waiting for?  Get out there! Have some fun!  Whatever you’re looking for won’t come to you, you need to find it.  And you have the time, so do it.  Sure, it may not be as much time as we’d like, but there had to be a boundary somewhere.

Something that you can really do is write out a schedule;  Make a chart of what you do with every 24 hours of your day.  You’ll find that for quite a few you’re doing nothing, not even going on your phone, just nothing.

So take those hours, and do something that will make you a better person.  Every hour is precious to us, we live a short life, so use them.  

Priorities

We have a lot of things to do in life.  At times it may not seem like it, but we do.  There’s 2 major groups, things we want to do, and things we have to do.  Sometimes making a decision on what you should do can be hard.

What you need to do to make the right decision is think, how is this action going to affect you?  Right now, and in the future.  Would it be better to buy that awesome bike you’ve been wanting? Or, should you use that money to pay off some rent you’re a little behind on.

It’s important you think about happiness, but also success.  Every now and then, do something that makes you happy, that’s a priority.  But keeping up with expenses and such is also a priority.  So, find the thing of most importance, and stick with it.  But focus on it.

We think about all these things we have to do and we sometimes forget about priorities.  Just thinking about what’s happening right now.  This can be a big reason why you have stress.

Bottom line?  Make a list.

Put the things that are most important to you at the top, and focus on those things.  But when you put your attention on something, keep it there.  Don’t go off starting hundreds of projects you’ll never finish.

Start it, and complete it.  Those are the magic words to success.  You’ll be able to get things done, and the more things you get done the faster you will be able to start doing the things you love.   And that’s one of the biggest priorities we have in life.

Happiness

Use Time to Your Advantage

To me, time can be your best friend, or your enemy.  At this point in my life, I’m fairly young, and I feel like I have quite a bit of time ahead of me.  But what I can’t get over is how fast time goes by.  One day you’re waiting for your mom to get you that new cool Lego set and the next your writing up your last essay in college.

I can remember playing with my elementary school buddies at recess like it was yesterday.  Pretending to be space explorers on the swing sets, digging for gold in the sandbox, running from dragons in the field, it was some great times.  But, then time just went by and now I’m making life changing decisions right here right now.

It’s unbelievable how fast time flies by and I wish there could be a way to slow it down, but there’s not.  So, the best thing we can do now is think about the remaining time we have, and go out and live a good life.

I hope I can use every year I have to make my life more successful.  I have mixed emotions about New Year’s Eve.  For one thing, every countdown is so anti-climatic, but another is how we always reflect on the year we just lived through.  And when I reflect on my year, the first thing I think about is how fast it just went by.

What’s great about New Years Eve however is how it’s a checkpoint.  It’s a time where you can think to yourself what you’re going to do this year, and how you’re going to do it.  Resolutions are made, and it feels like you have a clean slate.  It is very nice in my opinion, and it’s a great thing to have for our mindset.

But it’s also a new year that’s passing with such great speed that you wish you can stop.  So what I really want to get to is that you have time, so use it.  Don’t waste your life.  A lot of people wish to know how to save money, or how to follow their dreams.  And the thing they need to do is to use time to their advantage.  Don’t waste it, use it.  Do something that will make you closer to that goal.  Adding a quarter in a jar, doing another jog around the block, anything will make you closer.

So use time to your advantage, everything adds up.  If you add 5 dollars into a jar everyday you will have $1,825 dollars waiting for you at the end of the year.  I’m sure we all waste at least $5 on something everyday, I know I do.

So, main point, Do something everyday, even if it’s the smallest thing.  People usually give up when things aren’t happening now, we live in a world where the word “instant” is all that matters.  But if you do something, big or small every day you can accomplish anything.

So start today, read 10 pages of that long book, put some money in a safe place, start to build up your foundation of success.  Everyone starts somewhere, so you need to start now.

My Biggest Fear.

Hello, today I would like to let you all know what my favorite fear is.  Now, we all have those little things that creep us out.  I personally can’t stand spiders.  But there is one thing that I truthfully frightened of:

Sitting on my deathbed with regrets.

Really! We can’t be having that!  I want to be able to die without ANY regrets.  Having a dream to follow is such an amazing part of life! But it isn’t going to be of any help if you don’t do anything!

The main thing I want to throw out is this: Don’t waste your life.

You may think you have time, whether your 18 or 75.  But life speeds by so fast! We don’t have time to waste it!  This is your small chance to have a great life.  It’s a miracle that you’re alive!  Look around you! It’s completely amazing what we have shaped this world to be!  The average human life is around 30,000 days long.  When we look at life in years, it can seem so big.  Put it in days, and its only 30,000 days!  That’s insane!

If you have a dream, follow it.  If you have an activity you would like to try, do it.  If you have a goal you want to accomplish, complete it.  We just can’t continue life with excuses.  Before you know it 10 years are going to pass by and you’ll be wishing you tried doing that one thing.

So I beg of you, whenever you get the slight urge to do something, whether its getting into mountain biking, or learning how to play an instrument.  You have to do it.  You just have to.

Everyone starts at nothing.  And its the most successful people that build up their life the most.  If everyone tried their best to have an amazing life, what a world this would be.

What is Success?

People have many different views on success.  We all have our different outlook on what success really is.  Is it having a nice car?  A big house?  Money?  One big question I have for is this:

How come when you type in “successful man” into Google, pictures of a men at their jobs, in suits, with money in their hands appear?  Yet no pictures of a proud parent watching their child doing something good, or someone doing something they absolutely love?

Success is not just having a job that gives you money.  Now, its a great thing to have, and can be very rewarding.  In fact there are quite a few people who have a job that they are passionate about, and that’s amazing.  However, when I looked up the definition of success, I saw many different definitions.  The problem?  Every definition had the word wealth in it.

Success is not how much valuable material you have.  Now, I’m not saying that you should try not to be wealthy, its something that we all naturally strive for and its a good thing to go after.  What I’m saying is that we need to change the definition of the word “rich”.

The very second you become grateful, you are rich.  When you become grateful for the dinner you just ate, or the mailman, coffee, the fact that you’re alive, you will be the richest man you can possibly be.  And when you become rich in that way, you will have success.

Success to me is being able to come home to a great family, doing things I enjoy doing, and knowing that I am very happy with the life I have.  A job that pays money, well, its nice.  But it doesn’t fill my body with joy like other things do.  In other words, success is being able to be happy.

To be successful we need to try our best in life, find joy in everything we do, be grateful we have the opportunity to be doing the things we’re doing.  These things can make life so much more rewarding, and when you decide to let these roles play a big factor in your life, it will change drastically for the better.

So the next time you get a paycheck, think about what you will do with that money that will make you truly successful.

Explore New Things: Why you should

Life can get pretty boring sometimes, I’m not gonna lie.  Some of us are unlucky to be working a job we don’t like, or having to go to school day after day when we just don’t want to.  There can be a lot of repetition and you can feel like you just don’t want to do this daily routine anymore.  But, good news, there’s a cure.  And that’s going out into the world and trying new things.

It is so important that we live life with joy and happiness.  One fantastic way to accomplish this is doing totally different things!  Never found your passion quite yet?  Go out and find it.  Do something random, dance outside when no ones looking, anything that’s new to you.  Find a sport that seems fun and play it with some friends, write a book, play an instrument.  Sometimes we don’t realize how many things there are to do in this world.  There’s millions!  You just need to go out and explore.

Life is a roller coaster, and the best part isn’t at the end, its the small moments you have in between.  Family movie nights, watching fire works go off in the night sky, going places we like to go, everything.  What we need to do is to expand those small little things that bring us joy.  It’s important we find as many of those things we like to do as possible.

People have developed a mindset that shouldn’t exist:  We go to school, we go to work, we work for a long time, and then retire.  Its as if retiring is a great accomplishment and then that’s the end of life.  But once you retire that’s it! There is of course still great activities to do but there can be a lot of physical boundaries.  And we don’t want boundaries in life.

Yes, there is a routine we must follow.  But we need to add interest into them.  We need to have activities that we look forward to do every day.  But how are you going to find that activity if you’re doing the same boring thing everyday?  You can’t.

So go out, don’t waste your life.  Join a club, I went farther into looking for one and it amazed me how many organizations there are for different activities!

New things can bring so much joy into your life.  Life is a small opportunity for YOU to have fun.  Not just to go to work and retire.  I’ve started trying new things like Mountain Biking, jogging, and even chess.  Now I have so many things to look forward to and to think about.

In the end, it makes life something to live for and its a great feeling to have.  So get out there, find something you like doing.  Do that activity but still explore others!  There’s so much to do out there and we need to strive to do it all!