Saturday, 5 June 2010
This is one of my favourite pieces of writing...I come back to it regularly...
Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do?
Draw out every cent, of course!
Everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!
The clock is running. Make the most of today . . .
To realize the value of ONE YEAR:
Ask a student who has failed his final exam.
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 an editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE DAY:
Ask a daily wage laborer who has ten kids to feed.
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 has missed the plane.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND:
Ask a person who has just missed an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.
In reading about the lives of great people, I found that self-discipline came first with all of them. What is self-discipline? The dictionary defines it as bringing oneself under control. The word selfcontrol comes from the Greek root word meaning, “to grip” or “take hold of.” This word describes people who are willing to take hold of their lives and take control of areas that will bring them success or failure. To achieve and accomplish your dreams you must take responsibility for your own self-discipline and personal growth.
Use your time wisely...take hold of every moment and seize the day.