Are You Spending or Investing Your Time?

Are You Spending or Investing Your Time?
Time is an asset, and everyone has the same amount. No matter how wealthy you are, you cannot buy more.  The only thing you can do is to choose how you are going to spend it.

You can either see time as something to be consumed or as an instrument of investment.

Some people think of time to be consumed - consuming moves, TV shows, games. vacations, travel, or hanging out with friends.

Others see time as an instrument of investment.  If invested correctly they can reap the rewards in compounding interest by investing time in the right people and relationships that provide them positive future value.  Invest in things that nurture a desired skill, learn something new that will enrich their future projects or pursuits that encourage growth in some area of their life which they can use for future benefit.

Time is a value and a finite investment to invest.  The more you invest in people and things that show compound interest the richer you become in knowledge, in insight, in understanding, and even money.

Unsuccessful people spend time.  Successful people invest time.

Give up what's immediate and gratifying now, and instead think about what you can spend time on now that will reap big and better benefits in the future.  

There are only so many hours in the day and if you spend them all there are none left to invest.  Therefore you never become wealthy in skills, resources, or lifestyle.

Another great message from Darren Hardy's Darren Daily email.

I Suck at Delegating!

I Suck at Delegating!
I had to laugh when I saw this as the title for a recent Darren Daily Email.  I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve said that, and still do!  But no one has ever stepped up to help me learn how to delegate... until this Darren Daily video!

We’ve all said it, I’m sure... but I can just do it faster, they won’t do it right, they didn’t do it the way I would have.  I know that sure resonated for me!!  I’m guilty for saying all three, but particularly the first, I can do it faster!

But guess what?  As you move up the career ladder, being able to delegate is critical, otherwise you can’t possibly accomplish all that is expected at your pay scale in the same amount of time you’ve always had.  In fact, you’ll be considered a more valuable employee when you learn to delegate to others, and help them to become better also.

The problem isn’t the person we are delegating to, the problem is US, the delegator.  We need to learn HOW to delegate to allow the other person to be successful.  Because delegating isn’t about just throwing it over the fence to someone else to do.  

Delegating is a 4 step process:
  1. Outcome:  Clearly define the goal and what ultimate success looks like.  They can't read your mind!
  2. Preferences: Train them on any process preferences you have.  Please be sure to comment your code, use red sharpie to label the file folders, etc.
  3. Equip: Set them up with all the tools, resources, or support they are going to need in advance.  Here's the documentation, the requirements from the client, and feel free to ask questions.  Let them know it's ok to ask for help.
  4. Trust: Delegate responsibility and authority, not just the task.  Allow them to make the necessary decisions needed to get the job done.
I'm going to do my best in the coming months to learn to be a great delegator!!  How about you?

The Power of Happiness: 10 - Be Part of Something Bigger

The Power of Happiness: 10 - Be Part of Something Bigger
This is about seeking a spiritual connection or developing a relationship with God or any higher power.  Allowing yourself to be a part of something bigger than you are lifts you to the next level of faith.  When you attach yourself to something bigger than yourself, your happiness is amplified.

So there you have it, 10 steps you can easily take to increase your happiness!

The Power of Happiness: 9 - Don't Settle for "Good Enough"

The Power of Happiness: 9 - Don't Settle for "Good Enough"
This one soft of surprised me, I was thinking that being happy for where we are at is good... but it's not.  We all deserve to have more, and have the best!  When you settle for just ok, you miss out on so much of the joy that life has to offer.

Stop thinking it's enough... what that is saying is that your not good enough and you don't deserve better.  That just isn't right!  So just STOP thinking that way!

Things may not be perfect, and it's OK to admit, but then add 'for now'... things are OK for now, but it's going to get better, and I deserve it, I'm going to get more of what life has to offer.  There is more in life and you have as much right as anyone to have it, so go get it!!

The Power of Happiness: 8 - Be Grateful For What's in Front of You

The Power of Happiness: 8 - Be Grateful For What's in Front of You
We all know that being grateful is the cornerstone of happiness.  But we often forget about taking the time to actually think about it and take the time to be grateful each day.  

Life can be tough at times, but I bet there is at least one thing you can find to be grateful for each day if you just take the time to think about it, or look for it.  It doesn't need to be a big thing, maybe it's an unexpected smile, someone asking how your doing.  Maybe it's as simple as being grateful you're alive and healthy!

As I type this, I'm sitting on my couch, feeling grateful for an evening spent with a friend, laughing at pelicans landing on a frozen lake, and grateful we aren't expecting any more snow this month!!!

Spend time finding gratitude in the small things and let your gratitude grow from there.  When you can training yourself to be grateful for simple things they add up and you become more meaningfully grateful daily.   Take an extra minute or two each morning before you get up and think about those things you're grateful for... health, beautiful weather, a wonderful relationship, and more.  The day just starts out so much better when you start it out that way!

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