“The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.” –Vance Havner
What you do today matters. Your actions will work for you or against you over time. What you do for your business, for your health, for your spiritual well-being, for your relationships can be compounded over time to create you in the future as well as affect others you may not even know today. What could happen if you decided to just take small steps towards improving?
How about just three-tenths of one percent a day?
Over the course of the year you will have improved 100%.
100% better health.
100% better relationship.
100% better body.
100% better attitude.
100% better communication skills.
100% better leadership skills.
Still not enough? Simply add a little more daily. Some of you have the discipline to set more demanding daily goals – whatever you set, make sure you can meet your goal day after day. Once you make continual progress, you will take these actions your habits and that’s when the really fun stuff starts to happen.
“Every day, in every moment, you get to exercise choices that will determine whether or not you will become a great person, living a great life… Greatness is always in the moment of the decision.” Greatness is in your control. Greatness comes from your ability to do the simple things, consistently over time. But you have to start.
Harvey MacKay once said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
I think we all have a basic understanding of time but what is the secret of time.
The secret to Change is Time. The secret to success is time. Time will either promote you or expose you. Knowing” the secret of time keeps me meeting my objectives, going past my targets, and putting in place all the marketing my business needs to move forward despite the ups and downs, the landmines and the pitfalls. Knowing that if I stay on this road long enough, I’ll get the results I seek. When you “know”, feelings –emotions –mood and disappointing people have no affect on your progress. It’s like flipping a switch. When you walk into a dark room you simply flip the switch to get light because you “know” the result you’ll get when you flip the switch –light. You don’t have to know how electricity works; you just flip the switch.
One deterrent to success we all struggle with is the “Instant Life.” This is the instant gratification society we live in. We’ve talked about this time and time again. The 95% want it now. The 5% understand and apply the natural progression of –Plant, Cultivate, then Harvest, the natural progression of nature that takes time. This instant gratification mindset is perpetuated by television and movies. We are conditioned for drama and immediate feedback.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. At any time you can make the choice to change your situation but you have to have faith in the process because you won’t see your desired results happening at first.
Just remember once sentence leads to one paragraph which leads to one page which leads to one chapter and before long, you will have written the book you had waiting inside. It’s just that way with everything – one step at a time. Best of all, it doesn’t have to be perfect right as the words hit the paper. You have the chance to add, edit, and delete.
You have time on your side, working for you instead of against you.
Live in the now. Love every moment while you are in the process.
“It’s easy to do. And it’s easy not to do. And if you don’t do it, it won’t kill you. But that simple error in judgment, compounded over time, will kill your chances for success.”
Embrace this wisdom.
And so life goes…on and on.