A few years ago, I decided to go back to school to get a Master's degree in Psychology. I had learned a great deal about the application of psychology by working with a Psychologist for more than a decade. From that experience, I knew I wanted to gain additional insights in order to take my business to the next level and I felt like this was the path that would get me there.
I began to evaluate how I spent my time in order to determine how difficult it would be to make it through the program. I mapped out how I had selected to use my time during work, after work, on the weekends, etc., realizing that it would likely take me around 14 to 18 hours per week of work for a year and a half to complete the degree. Many of us have said the phrase... I just don't have time. This phrase isn't really true though. We have the same amount of time as everyone else around us. If other people are doing something and being successful at it, then we can too. I determined that I could cut out television, get up early on Saturdays and work, and occasionally get up early on Sundays and work on school as well. I had to select what I wanted the most.
Did I want my entertainment or did I want my success? Did I want more sleep or an additional degree? In order to be successful, I had to select what focus was more important. I knew I was not willing to give up the things I was doing to earn a good living. I had a responsibility to perform at work and to be a revenue generator. I knew I needed exercise in order to maintain my sanity. I did not need entertainment in order to succeed. For the most part, we have a poor concept of how we are really spending our time.
Step back from your life and really look at how much time you spend working without interruption. Look at how much time you spend improving yourself and your potential. Look at how much time you spend taking care of the things that are truly important. Then look at how much time you spend watching sports, watching entertainment (TV and movies), playing games, etc. Each of us selects what we will devote our time to and this choice determines what we will receive in this life. In the end, success or failure are simply choices in how we allocate effort into the time we have been given.
Focus on the things that bring success and you are selecting to succeed in life. Focus on the things that avoid success, provide fruitless distraction, or bring failure and you are selecting to fail in life. It isn't always easy but it is always just that simple. It applies in the way you spend your time at work, how you devote your time outside of your normal job, or even how you spend your time with your family. Choose wisely.