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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How do you eat an elephant?

I’ve got a friend who’s struggling a bit at the moment.  She has a lot of personal stuff going on and her motivation to work is taking a bit of a hit.  She didn’t have a particularly productive week last week, or so she told me, but then showed me the web page she’d set up for her new service with early bird offers and the corresponding booking pages. 

Doing this bit of work is actually a) quite a lot of work and b) a key step in being able to move onto the promotion of the service.  Also, now it’s done its replicable – just copy the page and make a few tweaks and she has another page for another service.

So whilst she felt like she’d had a bad week, I pointed out that the one piece of work she had done was a really key piece that enables her to move forward with the promotion and selling of her service.

It’s sometimes easy to get bogged down in the negative and difficult stuff and fail to notice the little glimmers of light.  It reminds me of some words in Bette Midler’s song, ‘The Rose’:


“Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed, that with the sun's love, in the spring becomes the rose.”

So if you’re finding something difficult at the moment just remember, its one little step at a time that makes the difference – that’s how you eat an elephant!*

*Apologies to all vegetarians and animal lovers for any offence caused, this is of course only an analogy and I do NOT advocate eating elephants!

P.S.  If you want to listen to Bette Midler sing ‘The Rose’ click here.

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A stark reminder

This morning I’ve found out that my elderly neighbour was taken into hospital yesterday and is in a critical condition – he may or may not return home, it’s just a waiting game.  He’s 81 and although he’s had health issues over the last couple of years he’s still been pretty active – getting the bus into town every day, pottering in the garden cutting the grass and feeding the birds.  It’s therefore a bit of a shock that suddenly he’s in a situation that he might not survive.

On Thursday, the daughter of some friends is undergoing a 2nd operation for a brain tumour that she’s been fighting for the last few years.  She has a young family and had hoped she’d won the battle but unfortunately it has returned. 

So what business message do these sad stories have?  Simply to remind us to keep a healthy work/life balance.  It’s easy when you’re tied up with running and growing your own business to work at it 24/7 but you need to ask yourself – do you live to work or work to live?

That’s it this week, a short simple one.  I don’t think any more needs to be said.




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