It’s true.. time does indeed fly by.
As a Generation X’r, I find it mind-boggling every time I hear a 1990’s song that has somehow become “Classic Rock”!
Everyone starts the week with the same amount of time: 7 days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes, 604,800 seconds.
High-achievers, what I refer to as ‘Pinnacle Performers’ in my training business, maximize their performance and ultimate success by effectively managing their time.
High-achievers don’t waste time.. they take advantage of it and set out each day with a clear purpose and goal. Sounds easy, but all too often fine folks start the week with good intentions and then time goes by, life gets in the way, and those goals get postponed or fade away.
Most folks are reactive, waiting for success to somehow come their way. High-achievers are pro-active, diligently working to create their success. As I wrote in Why Champions Don’t Have Time To Procrastinate high-achievers demonstrate a sense of urgency and face challenges head-on and typically excel at overcoming challenges to reach their goals.
We cannot go back in time. Except perhaps these folks…
Time traveling aside, those 24 hours a day are in your control. You can spend them wisely and advance or poorly and stay where you’re at or decline.
One thing is certain, there is only so much time to be had and all of it will go by.. quickly. What you do NOW will determine if it was time well spent or not at the end of the day.
Your Time Is Now Action Plan: Make a Great Day!
I have a problem with the expression “Have a great day” and so should you. While it’s safe to say the intent of the expression is not meant to be malicious in any way, adhering to this advice can indeed harm your productivity.
Specifically it’s the “have” part I take issue with. The definition of have is to possess, own, or hold. “Have a great day” is passive and implies that this “great day” is already there… you just need to have it.
If someone said to you “Have a great sandwich”, you would likely respond “Thanks… where is it?”
One does not simply have a great sandwich… it must be made first. The same is true of a great day. It does not somehow appear… it is created.
Have a great day is well received by those reactive folks who are waiting for success to happen. Some days they end up in the right place at the right time and Presto! they have a great day.
As honored educator Marva Collins said, “Success Doesn’t Come To You, You Go To It”. Make a Great Day is for proactive performers that truly understand this, take charge of their actions and control their destiny. They create success… they create great days.
If you’re in sales, customer service or a progressive professional in general, Make a Great Day is some of the best advice I can give you.
If you’re a manager, I encourage you to instill this winning attitude in your team members.
So, by all means, don’t have a great day…