Sunday, July 8, 2012

Only Time Will Tell...

Only Time Will Tell…

Time…it means different things to different people…

Some OneMoreSteps come to mind around the topic of TIME…

Spend Time

We’re busy people, in a busy society.  When we hit the virtual pause button on the tediousness of life and actually spend time on the stuff that really matters, positive things happen. 

If we think about things that really matter – family, friends, relationships, our passions, our hobbies, or the hot buttons at work – we should consider: when was the last time we actively pursued spending time on any of those things that really matter. 

When we spend time on what truly matters, we will make a true difference that matters…100% of the time.

Save Time

People around us at work – our Guests, our clients, our staff, our leaders, and our owners…all have one thing in common with us.  They have 86,400 seconds in their day, as do you and I.  No more…no less…a consistent daily allotment of time to do with what they wish; same for you and me. 

We’re busy, just like they are.  How often do we feel as though we’re “running out of time” or “just don’t have time” to do ‘this’ or ‘that’?  Too often. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if people actively, on purpose, cared enough about us to go OneMoreStep in some capacity to save us time?  Yep…it would be awesome. 

So…why not go first?  Save ‘them’ time.  Actively pursuing opportunities to save others time adds value to them, their lives, and their experience at home or at work. 

They’ll not only appreciate it, they won’t forget it.  We will have saved them time, when nobody else took the time to care.  We’ll be the difference.

Make Time

The number one excuse, across all people, in all walks of life, in all nations under God…has to be – “I just didn’t have time.  Or perhaps I’m being overly dramatic…but it’s probably my number one excuse.  It’s my go to…is it yours?

Bottom line, if we want something bad enough, don’t we tend to figure out a way, somehow, to make it happen.  Usually the first step toward progress in anything is a conscious decision to pursue it…to make time. 

The extent to which we buckle down, dig in, and make time certainly leads to better days and a series of achievements relationally, personally, professionally, and emotionally.  Make time for the things and people that truly matter.  Decide to do so…

Once upon a time is nowour stories are being written everyday.  We’re writing them, with each decision we make.  Your story…My story…our legacies as leaders, brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, friends, coworkers…and people, are all a function of what we’re doing with our time, TODAY. 

Spend time on what matters.  Save time for somebody else.  Make time for the important, meaningful matters in life.

How great will your story be?  How great will mine be? 

How we choose to use our time, today, will ultimately tell the tale.  Only time will tell…spend time, save time, & make time…TODAY.

Have a great day.


One for the road…


Spending the time…saving the time…and making the time is good.  The ultimate OneMoreStep, however, is to not only make time, but to make it QUALITY TIME.

By quality, I mean - uninterrupted, devoted time to the ‘other’ person without texting, emailing, or talking over them. Focused attention. 

Quality conversation, during quality activities while not only expressing our own meaningful thoughts, feelings, and emotions…but also actively listening for clues from others can really make the difference.  When we listen, we realize how we can be of service, how we can help, how we can encourage, and how we can make a positive impact…

Go OneMoreStep, today, and spend some quality time with or for somebody else.  If and when we do that, we not only make their day, we experience better days ourselves.

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