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Suppose you had a magic card that can only be used once – on any day you choose over the age of 18 – to magically transport you as a bystander to a day in the life of someone you admire as a role model; the single task you had to accomplish from your keen observations is how to get 80% output from 20% of your time. At what point in time would you use this card? 18, 25, 45, 50 or never? Certainly, if you do choose to use your card, an air of cheerfulness with a bust of optimism in the moment leading to the mystic journey will excite your senses. The prospects and corporeal benefits may perhaps keep you awake on the eve reflecting and clearing the mind of all its clutter in order to free up room. What difference will it make? It could fast forward progress, it may back track it, it may get you get stuck at the early stage or perhaps it may give you willpower to ignore past experiences and start experimenting? More importantly, what separates successful people from the other?
At any rate, successful people have taken time to think about and define what they want. They do things they like to do, and with such commendable ease. They achieve 80% of their output in just 20% of the available time. One plain truth behind the successful man is that he understands that no problem can withstand the power of a sustained creative thought. Just as moralist have often made the observation that a goal set and never looked at is a missed opportunity, the observation that you miss 100% of the shots you never take is equally true. There are no guarantees of reaching a goal at a certain time, but there is a guarantee of never attaining goals that are never set. The resolution to succeed in more important than any other one thing. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy – Martine Luther King.
On the off chance that you subjected yourself to a more rigorous self-evaluation beforehand – not merely plunging into the adventure – you will certainly have a clearer idea of where you are now, and you can start to define where want to be? In any case, after the age of 18, some things have become apparent, you have since come to the realization that you have final say in the direction you life takes; and where all the options are thrown on the wall, only yours stick. You have a clear idea of the price of pain, hard work, discomfort, conflict, loss, setbacks, struggle, time, money. You have the lesson that goals cannot be attained without errors. That dreams – which are easy to get into and hard to get out of, like a slump in a bed – are not the same as goals; you move in the direction you are looking at, and you miss 100% of the shots you never take. Change is a continuous; the end of one curve starts another.
If you choose not to play your card, it may be that you have already come to the conclusion that you cannot save time. You have all the time there is. You will have more time tomorrow, and more time in the future. It could be that time travel does not appeal to you and all you fancy is a fine tuning of your engine to help it reach its full horsepower. The remedy then, divides itself into two, first, start with daily tasks. Set short term goals, medium term goals and long term goals. Choose your goals wisely – specific, time-bound, measurable, achievable and relevant – and don’t juggle too many goals, two or three are adequate enough. Second, start everyday with an inspiring thought. Spend 10 minutes every day to plan. Planning will kick start your day and give you a greater sense of achievement every day. Invest in what works with good planning, commitment, support, time invested and self belief. Lastly, learn to procrastinate! When you have huge decision to make, postpone it, give your subconscious mind ample time to process all the information and to weigh all the options. How much time you ask?