Do you know what the most valuable thing in the world is?
Is it money? Happiness? Love? Positivity?
All of those things are great, but they’re far from the most valuable thing that this world has to offer.
I’ll give you a hint:
You use it everyday, using it well has the power to change your life, and even though it is insanely valuable, most people actually value this thing the least in their lives (I know…crazy, right?)
Yep, you guessed it. The world’s most valuable, and least respected resource can be summed up in one word:
Money vs. Time
Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” -Jim Rohn
I have a question for you.
Let’s say that I gave you the choice to take $1,000,000 in cold, hard, tax-free cash or magically be granted an extra five years of life. What would you choose?
Most people when asked this question will say, “Duh…the money, obviously.”
Let’s be real–everyone I know, including me, values money. If you say that you don’t value money, that probably means one of two things: 1) you have way too much of it, or 2) you’re lying.
Money can buy us wonderful things, it can give us a sense of security, it can allow us to be charitable, and it can ensure that our loved ones have everything that they want and need.
While that’s all true, money doesn’t even come close to equaling the epic value of time.
If given the choice between money and time, it shouldn’t even be a decision worth considering for a minute.
There are so many amazing things that could happen for you in those five years:
You could create incredible memories with your loved ones, reach your lifetime goals, find true love, get a college degree, reclaim your health, repair a broken relationship, find joy, happiness, and inner peace–hell, you could even start your own business and earn $1,000,000 on your own.
On the other hand, there is no amount of money in the world that can buy you one millisecond of time.
Think about that for a moment.
Unlike money, time cannot be multiplied, borrowed, or recovered after you lose it.
Time can only be spent. That’s it.
Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. While it is possible that you could end up with much more money in your bank account next year than you currently have right now, you will never be as young as you are at the moment that you are reading these words.
Scary, isn’t it?
We literally don’t have the time to lose. That’s why time is the most precious resource in the world, and it’s something that should never be taken for granted.
Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize this lesson until it’s too late.
If you are killing time, it’s not murder. It’s suicide.” -Lou Holtz
I used to be a guy who had no respect for time, and it showed.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about taking a break and relaxing–there’s nothing wrong with that at all. I’m talking about purposely wasting time doing nothing useful for hours, days, and weeks on end (if not, longer.)
In my case, I slept in until 11 am (or later) on most mornings, and whenever I had any free time during the day, I would sleep. I slept constantly–I swear, sleep was my best friend for close to eight years of my life.
When I wasn’t sleeping, I spent a large portion of my free time mindlessly surfing the internet, stuffing my face with processed food, watching talk shows, and bouncing in and out of incredibly unhealthy relationships.
As far as I was concerned, I had all of the time in the world to fix my life. Why put in the work today if I can put off until tomorrow, right?
When the days turned into weeks, the weeks into years, and the years crept towards a decade, I realized something very unfortunate. It was the idea of “taking control of my life later” that kept me broke, out of shape, unhealthy (emotionally, mentally, and physically), and miserable.
That’s why procrastination is such a deadly force. Choosing to procrastinate on the things that you know will improve your life is basically like choosing a slow suicide over living. That’s no exaggeration, either.
I’m more than a little embarrassed to say that it took me most of my adult life to come to this realization, but thankfully, I did.
The bad news for me is that the years that I lost before I came to this realization are gone forever.
The good news for you is that if you haven’t made this realization yet, you can do it today.
If you’re not living a life that’s not anywhere close to the life that you deserve or want, I’m urging you to change your relationship with time. Treat time like the insanely valuable resource that it is, and time will reward you by positively changing your life.
However, if you choose to disrespect time, it will pay you back by robbing you of the most valuable resource that you will ever have.
The truth is that you don’t have all of the time in the world to positively change your life. And believe me, no amount of watching talk shows, messing around on Facebook, sleeping, or doing nothing will make your hopes and dreams a reality.
Take it from a guy who has been there.
You can change your life immeasurably once you realize that time is your most valued resource.
And just like anything, it all starts with a decision.
The Clock is Ticking…
One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do what you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” -Paulo Coelho
This might sound a little morbid (probably because it is), but each day that we’re alive is also one day closer to our death. Sobering, I know–but that’s the stone cold truth. All of us only have a finite amount of time to go after our dreams before it’s all over.
Whether you are 25 years old or 75 years old, if there is something that you have always wanted to do, a place that you’ve always wanted to see, or a dream that you always wanted to achieve–now is the time to take action.
There will come a day when we’re at the end of our ride here on earth, and what could be more devastating than sadly looking back on our lives with the soul-destroying regret that we said “later” to our dreams far too often, only to realize that there is no more “later” left?
In case you’re wondering, I am VERY passionate about this topic. Why so passionate?
It’s because I didn’t have anyone in my life who was willing to share this message with me when I needed it the most.
I wasted close to an entire decade of my life because I didn’t place any value on time, and I will never be able to fix that. But if I can reach just one person reading these words and convince him/her to start valuing time today, then writing this blog post would be so worth it.
If you still don’t think that time is valuable, soak in the words below in italics and let it serve as a constant reminder (I wish that I could take credit for this, but it was forwarded to me by a friend):
To realize the value of one year, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of one month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of one hour, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of one minute, ask a person who just missed a train.
To realize the value of one second, ask someone who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value one millisecond, ask someone who won a silver medal at the Olympics.
Most importantly, remember this–no matter if we value time or not, the clock will always move forward. And if that’s what the clock will do, then we should also follow its wise example by doing the same in our lives as well.
The days of putting our dreams on the back burner, believing that we have all of the time in the world to improve our lives, choosing to sleepwalk through our days, and living for “someday” must end today.
Or better yet, now.
Trust me, the timing will never be any better.
Do you put off things that you know that you should do today? Do you have a good relationship with time? Either way, jump into the conversation below and make your voice heard!