Strength: noun. the ability to overcome.

The Coolest New Thing I’ve Learned…

by GEOFFN on January 30

I spent last weekend in Vegas at a Marshall Sylver seminar. For those of you who haven’t heard of Marshall, he’s one of the smartest, most entertaining speakers I’ve ever heard.

Anyway, one of his guest speakers, Chuc Barnes was speaking on Priority Management. (Great Presentation by the way…)

There was the usual Franklin-Covey type stuff, which is always helpful. (I like Chuc’s system better.) But the biggest take-away was Chuc’s view on time.

What is Time?

Many of us have been conditioned to think that Time is Money.

I guess it can be. But it’s more than that – much more.

Chuc’s definition hit me right on the forehead it was that profound to me. It may be to you as well.

Time Is LIFE.

Yeah, profound.

So I’ve been thinking lately, “Have I really been living?” Am I doing and being everything that I want to be? Because if time is life, then how much am I really living? How much time am I wasting, throwing away, or killing?

Here are some interesting facts about Time:

  • The average American spends four hours a day watching TV. Doing the math, that’s 28 hours of wasted life per week. That’s 1456 hours per year. Or approximately 61 days – 2 months out of every year.
  • The average person spends 35 minutes per day commuting. That’s an average of 3 hours per week. 13 hours per month. 156 hours per year. So the average person wastes almost a full week per year (6.5 days) commuting.
  • The average professional spends 2 hours per day processing email. That’s 14 hours per week. Or 56 hours per month and 672 hours per year. That’s 28 days or almost 1 full month wasted on email.

Of course, there are lots of other time wasters too. This is just the short list that seems to affect most of us.

This concept, this new definition of time has really lit a fire under my butt this week. Since I’ve been home I’ve been so much more focused than in the past and I feel, well, a little more at peace knowing that I’m actually living this week.

It’s true that I am always “chasing strength,” but it’s always different types of strength. And if strength is “the ability to overcome,” than I am overcoming old and bad habits and replacing them with good and more productive ones. Much of that is do to my new view of time.

What’s your view of time and how is it affecting your life?

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