Know The True Value Of Time
by Joe Bonura, CSP
Stop Putting It Off
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every
moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination
never put off till tomorrow what you can do today . . . Earl
The Devil Made You Not Do It
The Earls words are a wise motto to follow every day of your
lives if you are to maximize your time here on this planet. I like
the way that Chesterfield attacks each of the devils tools
that stymie productivity.
Idleness Is The Devils Workshop
Idleness you are sitting in the traffic of lifes minutes,
doing nothing, killing time and killing your opportunity to succeed.
Once an opportune minute passes, and is wasted, it is dead and buried,
never to be offered to you again.
Nothing Happens Until You Do Something
Laziness you just cant seem to get moving. A good
question to ask yourself when you find yourself sprawled out on
the couch, instead of doing something that you know in your heart
needs doing, is, What am I waiting for? Then reaffirm
it with the positive statement: Nothing happens until I do something.
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
Procrastination the word responsible for more failure than
any other word in the English language. Why do something today when
you can put it off until tomorrow? Realize that you will have the
same excuses tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day.
. . . Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
I like the positive words that Philip Dormer Stanhope (Chesterfields
real name) uses to incite action:
Reach Out If You Expect To Win
Snatch When I was growing up in New Orleans, I rode the
merry-go-round at the City Park. As I sat on the wooden horse, I
tried to snatch the golden ring as I passed the ring dispenser.
If I snatched the ring, I could get a free ride. At an early age,
I quickly learned that I could win only if I reached far enough.
Never Let Go
Seize Take hold, never let go are the words that come to
mind when I hear the word seize. If you use time wisely, you can
take hold of each moment and make it productive. While you cant
grab a minute, you can grab a phone, seize it, and begin to dial
Bad Tired Or Good Tired
Enjoy You always enjoy life more when you feel productive.
I have just finished making my phone dials for the day. I can now
enjoy the rest of the day because I have earned the right. If you
dont make the required sales calls, you will go home from
the office bad tired. You will be irritable with others,
and you will not feel good about yourself. But, if you truly work
hard, you will still return home tired, but you will go home good
tired. That is when you are exhausted, but you have an inner
feeling of accomplishment. Others will also see the difference in
Up To Date Suggestions
Some of the more current versions of Lord Chesterfields advice
If The Shoe Fits, Wear It
Nikes famous advertising slogan is Just Do It!
This slogan applies to any area in your life where you have had
a problem being proactive.
Now Is The Time
W. Clement Stone also had an incredible motto. It is one of my
favorites; in fact, I used it to write this article. Stone says,
When faced with a task that you have been putting off, say
these three powerful words: Do It Now! Say the words and follow
through with action.
Time To Decide
Make a list of five things that you have been procrastinating.
Set a time when you will begin each task, and then note it on your
calendar. Make an appointment with yourself. Select one of the items
to begin with Now.
Create the habit each day to make a list of the things you have
to do, prioritize the list, and then begin. You will begin to see
immediate results in proactive behavior, and to see financial results,
Just Do It!
© 2010 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.