There is a big difference between making a living and creating a dream lifestyle. However, most people are too busy being busy to really reflect on the opportunity offered to them. If it is important enough, we are all able to find a few hours a week to invest in our future lifestyle, instead of wasting time on unnecessary activities. The challenge is that if you are a full-time employee, retired, juggling part-time jobs or even unemployed, you probably already feel you are on a tight schedule. Most of us often feel as if there just aren’t enough hours in a day to complete what we want to do and we often say “I do not have time for this”. The fact is that we all have 24 hours a day and most of us have a lot more free-time than we think!
To me, it seems that the people who get the most done are often the people who already have a lot on their plate. They usually are positive and say “yes” to take on even more. Often, I see those not in the workforce having little or no time to commit to anything. Have you ever thought why this is and can you relate to it? As I was reflecting on this topic it hit me how many “must do” tasks I have on my list before leaving on this year’s Diamond recognition trip with ASEA. My calendar is already full, yet I know I am going to get it all done before I go. Personally, I can say that some of my most productive days are the days before I go on a long vacation and the reason is that I am extremely more focused on how I spend my time and I follow my “to do” list 100%. In my opinion it is all about priorities.
I do not give people a job. I help them create a business. Many people do not understand the difference between this. To gain something, you have to invest and sacrifice something. This principle also applies to time. To me it only makes so much sense to invest a few hours a week to start creating a dream lifestyle instead of focusing on making a living just good enough to survive. Every single person, even the busiest person I have met, can set aside a few minutes or an hour a day to work on their future. It’s all about time management. Time is money! Yet so many people waste it in front of the TV, scrolling social media or other non-productive activities.
As entrepreneurs we do not get paid for how many meetings we attend, how many emails we read or how much time we spend listening to podcasts, etc. We get paid when our efforts directly or indirectly contribute to a customer paying for a product. That’s why it is extremely important to utilise the small amount of time you have efficiently. That will be your very first win. If you want to get work done and succeed, do not wait until all is perfect. Make sure it is good enough and learn as you work. Working from my phone allows me to get work done on my morning walk, talking with people when I commute between meetings in my car, while I am waiting for my coffee etc. If it is sunny, warm weather, I do my phone calls from outside. All the small tasks I prioritise in between and usually, they do not even get on to my to-do list.
Rome was not built in a day. I find a lot of people jumping headfirst into building their dreams and that is great, but it needs time! Success does not happen overnight, unless you win the lottery! Behind every success are countless hours of grind – there is no way around it. The great thing about network marketing is that you decide from day to day how much time you have to take from your already fully-packed schedule and invest in to your future – and you have to be consistent.
I am fortunate and can choose with whom I work. I would always prefer to work with someone who is already very busy, because I know that they are able to prioritise. Over and over again I have met people with a lot of time available, but in the end it turns out that there is a reason for them having a lot of time. They very often do not get work done and seem to procrastinate and come up with excuses to not work on the business.
Take a good look at how you are spending your time – just for a week. I guess that work takes up the most of your time, but what else do you do? How do you spend your morning, what do you do in your lunch break, how is your time management after work and what do you do at the weekend? For people with a real dream of starting a side business, that can develop into something more than a normal income – actually a legacy business and an hour or two a day can be enough to get you started. How you spend that time is what’s important.
Over the last 7 years I have helped a lot of individuals start businesses. They have all had full schedules and they have not been “super-humans”. They have looked at their calendars, carved out time and taken action with building relationships, learning new skills and information and every single week they have moved closer to their goals. It is actually very simple.
Everyone has the same 24 hours. We all have the same choices. Life happens to all of us. People have babies, cars break down, you get sick, some are fired from work. We all have challenges in our life that are personal to us. Our job is to prioritise and manage our time around our priorities, so our challenges do not become barriers and we can move towards our goal.
I challenge you to take ownership of your life and manage your time so you can live the life of your dreams. Start with a few minutes and learn as you go. It is a wonderful situation to be in when you choose how you spend your time.
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