One thing my wife and I have been working on is giving our lives direction. All my life I’ve done the big things like school, work, etc but I realize now it’s the small things that make the difference. It’s the things you do before school or after school, before work or after work that makes the difference. Those are the things that take you from where you are to where you want to be.
Everything matters. You can’t just focus on business all the time and forget your love-life. You can’t just be in love and not focus on your personal goals. You can’t focus on business and love and forget about your body. You can’t just work and not play. You can’t just play and not work. Everything matters and everything effects everything. You have to make things work together. The only way you’ll be able to do that is to give your life direction. Create a schedule and break your days down by the hour.
On my schedule today I have to have a blog up by 4pmEST, but I’m in the parking lot of my barbershop waiting for my turn. So what am I doing? I’m writing this from my car because the direction of my life demands it of me. You’ve heard it before, nothing works unless you do. My wife always says “I want it all.” At first I didn’t understand her but she explained it later and told me that it means she doesn’t want to settle. She wants to be a great mother, great wife, great friend, daughter, and to pursue her dreams. It’s not easy. We are always a work in progress, but the only way to come close to having it all is to give your life direction.
I’ve been working it and it works! I’m noticing that in a day I can take out time for myself and my relationship with God, work on my business, train my body, spend time with my wife, and spend time with my kids, give time to others. In a days time I’ve been able to do everything that matters to me because I’ve given my life direction.
I challenge you to sit down and write out a schedule. Map your days out by the hour. Put everything that’s important to you on the list. Don’t leave anything off. If you can’t afford to do it all then find substitutions. Don’t take “no” for an answer. Find a way or make a way. This is your life and you’re in the driver’s seat. Take charge of the wheel and go where you want to go.
Nothing works unless you do!
Tony A. Gaskins Jr.