My wife came home from one of her master's level classes at UNLV and presented me with some interesting research on a topic that fascinated me. She said her professor gave each of them a research article to read that examined procrastination. While I enjoyed reading the study and felt there were some valid points about why procrastination occurs, I still came away with my continued conclusion that procrastination contributes to well...nothing... because procrastination is nothing. It is a pointless and life delaying habit that eventually causes people to examine where the time has gone in their life and why they haven't done more with the time they have. The real question though is what are you doing to maximize the time you have on this earth...right here...right now?
To better answer that you have to know what time is. But what is time? According to Google Dictionary it is "the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole." What really strikes me about that definition is the "continued progress" part. You see time will continue to move on whether you or I do great things or nothing at all. How you make use of your time plays a significant part in the overall happiness and fulfillment of an individuals' life.
If you are reading this and are thinking I haven't done much with my life then what is stopping you from doing much from here on? Is it your circumstances? Is it how you grew up? Whatever it is it doesn't have to determine who you will be from here on. And regardless of what you do from here on, time will continue to tick away. You might be 23 today, but as the hour glass of time continues to drain you will become 33, 43, 53 and so on. And when you have reached the twilight of your life will you look back on your time and feel a sense of strength, pride and satisfaction on what you have done? Or will you be a person who wonders what could have happened if you only took more chances or did more with your time. Everyone's time runs out. Period.
So, don't look at hugely successful people and envy them. Study them! Don't wait for life to happen, make it happen! And don't wish away the time you have, make it last by being productive in everything that you do. Love harder, work harder and smarter, be kinder to those around you, be more generous with your time, your unique talents, and your money. All of us have so much to give yet so little time if you really think about it to do it. Your life can be here today and gone tomorrow. Don't be afraid to be excellent!
Until next time....