Your Most Valuable Asset
There are 1,440 minutes in a day and how you use those determines your day, your week, your month, and inevitably, your life. I’ve often said to people, “write down your daily schedule, and that will tell me everything I need to know.”
I’ve said it before, time is your most valuable asset. Time can’t be taken back, refunded, or told to “wait a second”. Time keep going, whether you’re on board or not.
Now I’m not saying you have to work 24/7, because that will lead to burnout; but I am saying that how you use it is most key to self development and peace. Not just for you, but others as well.
It’s funny how on mornings I have to be out of the house, I become a multi juggler of all things. Whether it’s putting make-up on while blow drying someone’s hair, or eating toast while finding my clothes, I manage to make it out of that house on time. (or at least not too late) Why is that? Well, for starters, I can’t inspire people to be on time, if I’m not. Secondly, because my time is limited and I know it. Even though I’m managing lunch money, where keys are, and getting myself ready; my brain is still intently focused on what time it is. As soon as I placed a limit on my most valuable asset, accomplishing things became my sole mission.
Today I’m going to ask you to give away your most valuable asset, in spite of whatever craziness you have going on in your life. I’m also going to ask you to make it into a habit, or it won’t actually work.
Two excuses I hear most often are, “I don’t have the time” or “I don’t have the money”, and in this article I’m going to call your bluff, at least on one these.
You have one thousand, four hundred and forty minutes a day and because we know limitations work, I’m going to ask that you give away two minutes out of your one thousand, four hundred and forty.
Now that we’ve addressed the “I don’t have time” excuse, let’s get to work.
Spend 2 Minutes Validating Another Person Every Day
I want you to give your most valuable asset (time), and your most precious gift(your heart) to another person for 2 minutes everyday. For many of you, that 2 minutes needs to be spent in the mirror with yourself. Maybe you need to look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself you are worthy, that your strong, that you are capable.
Beyond that, how often do we really spend holding our children’s hands, looking into their beautiful eyes and telling them why they are amazing? When did you do that last?
There is no better way to spend your time that in the service of others, and the best way to serve is to love. It has to start at home, with you, and it has to start now.
How much time do we have left? Have you considered that? Hasn’t this year gone by faster than last, and don’t you still have a million things to do? Add up all the nagging you do with your partner in a day, and how minutes a day is that? Think about all the times you were too busy to talk, and then the day slipped away from you, leaving you wishing you could go back.
Time keeps going. Don’t waste it on busy-ness, or, as someone way smarter than me said, “Don’t throw your pearls to pigs.” Don’t give your best to that which will trample it, while your children eat crumbs from under your table.
We don’t even have 1,440 minutes, we only think we do. All that we have is now. The people in your life need to hear you say you love them, they need to know that you care. They need your most valuable asset and your most precious gift in order to grow, and only you can plant those seeds in others.
We each have the power to change the world through the seeds that we plant in others.
It’s not some “ripple effect”, it’s a harvest.
I’m challenging you to spend 2 minutes everyday validating someone in your life. Give those around you your most valuable asset and your most precious gift: your time and your love.
This teacher is a great example of what just 2 minutes a day can do to change the world.
Click to watch below.
Touch Your Inspiration
Many of us aren’t living our dreams, we are living our fears. Our actions are more attuned with our fears and self imposed limitations than our ability to dream and create.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are no real limitations in life, only “rules”, but no one said we have to follow them.
Even though this article is entitled “touch your inspirations," none of us can do that without first accepting fear and not allowing it to control our lives. In short, get out of your own way.
Have you ever heard someone on television that really spoke to your heart? Ever been in a room and seen someone whom you knew you’d like to meet? Maybe you’ve read a book and the author changed your life; perhaps it’s someone you personally know that inspires you. Everyone of us has been next to a person that inspired them, whether from afar, or in the same room. They incorporate everything we are striving to be, or wish to be. They’ve been where you are and made it out. They succeeded.
Becoming who we are purposed to be, (not “supposed” to be”) is a long journey, and none of us, no matter how stubborn, can do it on our own. ”But it’s scary out there” I hear some of you saying, and that’s all the more reason you need to reach up and out to those who’ve walked it before you.
”I don’t want to be that weird guy who walks up to a complete stranger.”
“There’s no point in me emailing them, no one will ever read it.”
“I don’t even know what I’d say anyway.”
And that’s the problem You are responding by fear, not by your dreams. Let’s translate that. “I’m afraid they will not accept me.” “I’m scared that I will be disappointed so I would rather not try.” Lastly, “I’m worried that I’m not ‘up to par". That is fear talking. In order to touch inspiration, we must be willing to step outside of the “rules” and decide to make choices based on our dreams.
Find that person that inspires you, and tell them so. See a mom of 4 in the grocery store juggling a list, two toddlers and a teenager- tell her she inspires you. If someone has changed your life by putting themselves out in the arena -contact them and tell them so. Sure, you might not know what to say; maybe no one ever reads the email, maybe you’ll sound like a complete nutter…maybe. Or maybe, when you break the the conventional rules and touch your inspiration, it will touch you right back.
This exercise is more for you, than it is your inspiration, because it puts you in a state of gratitude. When you flood your brain with questions like, “Who would be my inspiration?” you are asking your brain to search for that which you are grateful for, those people who helped make what you are today and drive you to be better tomorrow. You become grateful in that very moment, wherever you are. And when you act upon those thoughts of “Who do I want to become?” you are living your dreams, not living your fears.
Find someone who inspires you. Touching the person who has made the impossible possible helps you realize that your ideas are also possible and inspires you to keeping going.
Linda Lavender writes articles to help folks with Auto Immune Disease, Depression, Anxiety and other health related illnesses.