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Posted by Dave Griffith on October 31, 2017 at 8:45 PM


One of the core learnings in the Leadership research I have done and in the teaching that I do as well as in my experience is that the only real asset we have that we can control is time.

Someone will always be smarter; someone will always be better looking, someone will have more toys, and someone will have something you do not. Another lesson for another time is someone will also have less.

On reflection the only asset that is equal among all of us is time. Twenty-four hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute. No more, no less.

The question I have for you is how do you spend your time? Lots of great quotes here;

“ Do the important, not the urgent.”

“Time waits for no man.” “ Time, like an ever rolling stream.”

“ I will do it tomorrow.” “ I have no time.”

“ A hundred years from now no one will remember, except your children.”

The question I like to ask students is if you knew you had a limited amount of time left, whom would you call, what would you say, what regrets would you have. Some scoff at the question as childish, but I remind them of the 911 tapes from the air passenger’s cell phones. I ask them to be honest and reflective. I then suggest to them they have time and have just given themselves the gift of insight. Insights they can act on if they choose.

All of which leads to the question of what do you spend your time on? What are your priorities?

I suggest that what makes us unique is we have choices, and we have options of how and where we spend our time. Again another discussion when we get into the issues of poverty, as poverty and the associated trauma rob individuals of both time and choice.

Back to the limited time question and the associated insight. Do you have a passion for which you have not spent time? Do you love your job? Do you hate your job? Do you have someone you need to say I love you too? Is there a cause calling you? Are you spending time with family? Do you know your purpose? Is the time you spend on anything your decision, is it spent intentionally; meaning was time spent well and with a goal in mind? Do you set aside downtime, wellness time, prayer time? Are you honest and brave enough to know you have choices?

The people I admire and the leaders I would follow, spend their time intentionally and with a purpose. Rarely is it random, rarely is it without thought. Life comes at us with a myriad of options, how we spend our time defines us, shapes us and ultimately writes our legacy.

I would suggest that one’s priorities serve as guardrails for one’s journey. I love the question, “How do you roll?” An honest answer will define your values, your priorities, and I would hope where you spend your time. With whom and on what?

Give yourself the gift of insight and the gift of acting on it.

 

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