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How to Get Your Time Back…Before It Gets Here

Life is real.

And in the grand scheme of things, its’ short.

You only get one shot!  So make your choices wisely.

As I have trained and coached 1,000s of people across America, I have often times asked this question to audiences: “What is more valuable to you? Your Money? Or your Time?”  The answer is always the same, and each time it is a resounding, “TIME!”

Then I ask a follow up question: “Why? Why is your time more valuable?”  And the answer is always the same: “You can always make more money; but you can never get your time back.”

As I reflect on that response, I guess I see it as somewhat true; but part of me also thinks…”I guess it depends on how you look at it.”  Practically, I would agree. The seconds that are ticking by as you read this blog, you can never recollect them. You cannot rewind the moments, and relive them.  There is no “30 Day Time Back Guarantee” in LIFE.

But as I “philosophize” intrinsically on the matter, I look back to several years ago when my wife Robin and I made the decision to redeem our time.  We looked up from the trenches one day, and decided that we did not like the view from where we had arrived in LIFE.  And so we talked about it.  It became a consistent topic of dialogue between us. And this is what we decided (and it’s a mantra by which we live): Live life by design, and not by default.

That idea…that concept…has revolutionized many things for us.  Our focus, how we view money, how we spend time, our views on education, our means of income, and our social circle, among other important LIFE issues.

Here’s what we discovered. Our old choices had lead us to that “view” we didn’t like.  And if we wanted the view to change, we knew we had to change.  And so we did.  We made BIG changes!  We made LIFE-Changing decisions that still have us on the ride of our lives. We changed our means of earning, how our children are educated, how we eat, what we read, how our time is spent…how we think.

And so we redeemed the time that we would have lost to jobs.  The time that we would have spent apart from our children 8 hours a day, every day for 13 years.  The time that would have been consumed in other ways, lead by our old thinking patterns.  We took back the time-to-come before we lost it!  We took a road less traveled, and as the old poet told us, it truly has made a difference.

So Here’s a question for you, my reader: What would you do if you had absolute control over the next 31,536,000 moments of your life? What would your life look like if no job, or school, or institution of any kind had any jurisdiction whatsoever over your time for a full year.  What would you do? Where would you go? What experiences would you have?  What impact would you make?  What if you could test market this exercise for 5 years? 10 years? Or even 20?  How about for a LIFEtime?

What if you could live LIFE by Design, and no longer by Default?

I dare you to give it a try.

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