Do you ever wish you could go back and do something different with your life but thought it was too late? Do you look back and regret time you have wasted?
I don’t know how you answered those questions, but I checked yes to both.
One of the most valuable lessons we can learn in life—and the sooner the better—is the value of time.
When I was a kid, all the adults around me—my parents, teachers, and a really old guy that sat out in front of the dime store at the end of our street—told me I had plenty of time to figure everything out. They told me I didn’t have to be in a hurry to get married, find a career, or even worry about what my college degree was going to be.
They said everything will happen when the time is right.
I understand why they told me that. We make a lot of mistakes because we don’t take time to think something through before we jump into it.
However, that way of thinking backfired. I ended up with the mindset that time was on my side, and that my life would fall into place. I always believed there would be another job, another friend, and another chance. I didn’t rush into anything, or worry about meeting deadlines. I also didn’t realize how valuable time really is.
And I had no idea I was running out of it.
We’re all going to make mistakes, and occasionally, spend time that could have been put to better use. To make things more complicated, the idea of living la vida loca sounds more like a pop song or looks more like a movie than our real life does. Obligations and obstacles keep interfering, and getting the most out of every day isn’t always easy. In fact, I’m still working to get better at it.
But, about four or five years ago, I started doing something that radically changed the way I live life. The best part is, I don’t waste nearly as much time as I used to. And though I’m not skydiving and rocky mountain climbing—yet—I’m a lot happier these days.
Yes, I know I wrote about making healthy life changes before—and you should—but I’m not talking about those things here. This time, it comes down to one question.
Why do you do what you do?
If we thought about why we spend our time the way we do, why we spend it with whom we spend it, and what we can do to make better use of it, we may start seeing life from a different perspective.
Sure, sometimes there are things you have to do and you get stuck for a while. I have had a half-dozen jobs I hated because bills had to be paid. But, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck forever, and it doesn’t mean you can’t start making small changes that can lead to bigger ones.
Did you know that a change of just one-degree in latitude is a difference of approximately 69 miles?
That slightest difference changes the course of a ship or plane completely, and it can change your course, too. Start doing everything you do with a purpose, and make sure that purpose is clearly defined. Here are some things to start considering:
It isn’t as easy as a 3-step process, but I can tell you first hand that though your life may not look more exciting to everyone around you, you’ll start to feel more confident about the way you’re living it.
And that is exciting.