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Make It Worthwhile


By steve - Posted on 24 June 2011

The unexamined life is not worth living.
--Socrates, in Plato, Dialogues, Apology
Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC - 399 BC)

You are only given a certain amount of time in this life, that is why they call it a "lifetime".

Make sure you are living a life worthy of your God-given time here. It is too easy to choose between the busyness of business or the laying around of leisure. You need to take some time, once in a while, and make sure you are investing your time in the right activity.

One old "life coach" exercise is to write your tombstone. The idea is to write, boiled down to one sentence, what it is you would want people to say about you when you are gone. This is OK as far as it goes, but it isn't really an action plan. It should help you figure out what is really important. I think it only really works if you also write down what you think people would say about you right now. Then, using the difference, you can create a plan.

However, if you really want to make a difference in your own life and the life of others, you only need to start out by filling out a single short answer question:

I need to spend LESS time ____________, ___________, and ___________, and MORE time ____________, ___________, and ___________.

Take the time to think this through. Fill in at least 3 answers for each time allocation. Everyone can probably start by adding "LESS time watching TV" and "MORE time with family/friends". Don't stop there. In fact, if you're really focused and thorough, you can probably come up with 10 answers for each.

Take your answers and write them on the back of a business card, laminate it, and stick in your purse or wallet. At least once a week (once a day to start), pull out that card and compare your day or your plans to what you've identified as your critical time allocations.

Within a few weeks, I think you'll find you've started living the life you want.

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