“The way you value your time reflects the way you value yourself”
Have you ever thought to yourself, or even better, complained to someone that you are bored? For most people, this seems like a daily occurrence and for others, it is what everyday of their life consists of due to the fact that rather than spending their time doing what they actually want to be doing, they are working tirelessly at their 9-5 job
for the sheer purpose of making money for stability in their lives. At this point, you may be expecting me to tell you this cliche - “just drop whatever you are doing and pursue your childhood dream!” This idea is preached everywhere especially as the invention of the internet has taken over the Millennial Generation and Generation Z. Although there are many inspirational stories and TED Talks about how this tactic has worked for some in the past, the fact is that this strategy is not realistic for many. For the young people reading this, yes, I do encourage you to be a little selfish with your time and energy by pursuing your dreams with all your might, but for those who have more riding on their decisions, such as a family or any other form of responsibility, I encourage you to take this less instantly life altering, yet effective approach instead.
What you are doing in this moment is a reflection of who you are as a person right now. If you are wasting your time scrolling mindlessly on social media, or dedicating all of your time to a job that you hate, this is truly a reflection of how you value yourself as a person. If you want to be a motivated person, or a high-value person, or a high-achieving person, or whatever else that it may be, then a conscious decision needs to be made. You need to spend your time doing what motivated, high-value, and high-achieving people do. Here is a “to-do list” so to speak, of how you can begin this journey:
Research and surround yourself with people who inspire you
Do what they do or create your own versions of their habits
Consistently do it and turn these actions into habits
When broken down in this way, this lifestyle change seems simple, but obviously, it is much easier said than done. After all, there is a reason that people who are successful, happy, and content are so few and far between. You need to make the decision to change your mindset, and not to say that this is an easy, “one and done” kind of decision. Rather, in order to achieve the permanent change in lifestyle that will lead to your goals and dreams, you need to constantly check yourself in small decision making moments in your everyday life. These moments, although seemingly trivial, are critical moments that define not only who you are as a person, but also, the way that you value and present yourself to the world. If you want to be a more productive person, a more hard working person, a more adventurous person, you need to dedicate the most valuable asset that you have -- time, towards these goals. Therefore, please, I urge you come on this journey with me to intentionally put yourself in a good mindset and to treat your time the way that you would treat the high value person that you want to be.
In conclusion, the way that you treat your time will affect the way that you see yourself and vice versa. In order to remember this concept, I decided to simplify it into a mantra that you can repeat to yourself during those sluggish and unmotivated moments in life. I put a little twist on the age-old saying "you are what you eat"...
“you are how you spend your time”
"... so treat your time the way you want to treat yourself."
be like this happy dog.. treat yourself and your time well.