Time. I once heard it as a cruel master. It continues on without thought of anyone’s hardships, troubles, pains, fears, tragedies or decisions. It gives no second chances and never slows down to allow us to catch up. It doesn’t even stop to celebrate with us in our highest moments or to rejoice with us in life’s victories. It just keeps moving forward every second, minute, day, month, and year after year after year. Even death does not slow down time.
Yet, time can be an amazing ally. For those who choose to understand how to leverage time and allow it to be a multiplier of good, great achievements can be attained. Whether financially, personally, or even spiritually, time can be our greatest leverage point if we will but develop the habit of patience and perseverence.
Here is a link to a short but empowering blog by one of the world’s top leadership professionals mentor, and leader of my company (who I will follow to the end). There are so many awesome nuggets within it, but a few particularly stood out to me.
“If you are going to have a dream, then make it a big dream, because the worst thing that can happen with small dreams is they come true.”
“I believe a person’s habits will eventually be revealed. If good habits, they will produce great results with time, but if bad habits, they will produce bad results with time.”
“A person will never rise higher than his daily habits; therefore, all true change begins with a change in a person’s daily habits.”
“Life is full of drama because sinful people refuse to accept responsibility, but winners think differently, they reject drama and instead focus on dreams by associating with other dreamers.”
Carl Sandburg said, “Nothing happens unless first we dream.” Do you understand that? Nothing happens, nothing, without first there being a dream. Do you want something to happen in your life? It won’t happen if you don’t first dream it. And the crazy, awesome, powerful reality of this concept is that you and I have control over the size and scope of our dream. But as Orrin said, dream big. For if we dream small, we just might get it and in the end realize, had we dreamed big, we too would have accomplished it as well, and live the remainder of our days in regret.
Any habit in our lives, over time, is going to produce a harvest in our lives. It does not matter if it is a good habit or bad habit. You absolutely, unequivocally will reap the harvest of the seed you’ve sown in your lives. It’s a natural and spiritual law. Some refer to it as Karma, but I feel that tends to over mystify this simple truth. Your habits determine the results of your life. So if you want to change your life, change your habits, and over time, you…will…change. And this is how you get your dreams. Be sure to examine your habits and determine if they will produce a harvest that includes your dreams. If not, determine what will, and create those habits that will lead you in that direction.
Who are you associating with? Do they encourage you toward your dreams or lead you towards drama? Association matters. As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. Who is your association? Are you hanging out with chickens or eagles? Maybe you say you don’t “hang out with anyone,” but watch hours a day of TV. That would be your association. And again, will that association influence you towards your dreams? Life is a team sport. And there are good teams and bad teams and everything in between. I recommend you join a winning team, if you truly want to achieve your dreams.
If you will apply these simple principles, good habits and good association, to your life and stick to them over time, you can achieve your dreams.