Right here – right now!

First of all I must say Happy New Year!

There are lots of different messages at this time of year about planning for your best year yet.  Today I just want to remind you of a simple truth – the value of time. 

I have sent out the link before to a video that I have on my browser home page but here it is again if you want to remind yourself - watch the video

If you prefer to read it, here you go …

Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning. It carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.

What would you do? Draw out every penny, of course! Well, every person has such a bank. Its name is TIME.   Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever you have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance.

It allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you.

Each night it burns the remains of the day.

If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow". You must live in the present on today's deposits.  Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed an exam.

To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly newspaper or a football manager.

To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask someone who is on minimum wages and has just been made redundant.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask a starving child in Africa.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has just avoided a serious accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Time waits for no one.  Follow up every lead, make every second count, always be closing, every opportunity missed is money lost.

Remember …

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift. That's why it's called the present!

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Do you need it surgically removed?

Isn’t it amazing how attached we get to those little blocks of technology we carry around in our pocket or bag!

I joined a new Facebook Group last week that’s sole purpose is to challenge our comfort zone in 2014!  Each Sunday a new challenge is posted for the members to achieve during the week and this Sunday we were asked to switch off our mobile phone for 2 days (not necessarily consecutive days). 

Well you wouldn’t believe how many people are in a panic about it – you probably would actually, as we all know how reliant we have got on today’s mobile technology.

As it happens, this isn’t a difficult challenge for me as I have a call handling service answering my calls, I only check my emails twice a day, and as I’m appallingly bad at doing social media I’m not someone who is constantly on Twitter.  Additionally, I do spend a lot of my day sat at a computer so email and any social media I do want to do can be done via that medium.

However, there’s two things that I think are the really important take-away’s from this week’s challenge:

1)      We all need to take a step back and look at how we run our business.  If it’s so reliant on the business owner having 24/7 access to their mobile, is that a business you have or an extremely tying job?  There are ways to ensure that your business can survive without you for a few hours and perhaps this challenge is the motivator to consider who’s in control here – you or your business? 

2)      This challenge stemmed from a video that actually doesn’t relate to business at all and the point is to make us understand that we should live in the moment we are in.  I’ll let you watch the video rather than explain, but it does just remind us that if we’re so tied up with our business 24/7, we are not enjoying the rewards we are working to reap.

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