The Same 24 Hours

May 17, 2012 by  Filed under: Management 

No matter where you live on this planet, there are 24 hours in a day. We all pretty much have the same 24 hours in which to make choices. Choices about how we spend that 24 hour time period and what we choose to create for ourselves, for our lives. This may seem like an obvious statement but let’s take a closer look at the implications and why there are always enough hours in the day.

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Alexander the Great to name a few, look at what they accomplished in their lifetimes. These are people that are and will be remembered long after they are gone. Armed with little more than vision and desire (except of Alexander), they each gave life to their visions within same time that we all share. Monumental and life changing creations and legacies. They overcame obstacles (In 1991, 1992, 2004, and again in 2009, Trump branded companies or properties have sought Chapter 11 protection, Gandhi had to overcome the might of the British Empire), yet their unwavering belief, conviction and integrity to their dreams gave them the strength to move forward. They didn’t have 26 or 28 or 34 hour days in which to accomplish what they wanted. So what made them different?

Purpose, decision and focus. They used their time wisely, making decisions that took them towards their goals. They prioritised what was important over the frivolous and sometimes the important over the urgent (not everything that is urgent is important). Their vision became their North Star, their guiding principal by which they based their decisions. With our senses being bombarded with information and distractions the likes of which are unparallelled in the history of this planet, it is easy to get distracted. Personally, when I work, I turn off the television (which I rarely watch anyway), my email application is closed down and I set myself a time limit. I work to a timetable and get the job done within that block.

Now, the vision for your life may not be Brobdingnagian and it doesn’t have to be as long as you align your behaviour with your decisions. Create a North Star that guides your decision making towards the life you want, the life you choose, a life on your terms. You are capable of great things using the same 24 hours as any of life’s accomplishers (not sure if that’s a real word!) by choosing how you spend your time.

Try doing something that tests you today. That nervous energy that you feel is the energy that gets you over the line, so use it.

I am a father of two and I live in Ireland. I have been working in the field of self coaching and personal development since October 2007 and offer the same opportunity to others. Everyone should at least be aware that they have a choice on how they spend their time and generate an income. I can be found at or I would appreciate any comments at my my blog
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