Thursday, December 22, 2011

What Would YOU Do with $86,400.00?

This time of the year we're all running short on time, sleep, and important stuff sometimes gets put onto the back burner as we rush around fixin' to get ready for Sunday (or whatever day(s) you celebrate your holidays).

Here's something to think about ...

... Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your personal account for your use.

However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules.

The first set of rules would be: Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.

You may not simply transfer money into some other account. You can only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules: The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, "the game is over!"  It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right?  Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right?  Maybe even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?  You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?

ACTUALLY this GAME is REALITY!

Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank.  We just can't seem to see it.

The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!

Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

What we didn't do that day is forever lost.

Yesterday is forever gone.

Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time.... WITHOUT WARNING.

SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?

We talked about "putting the big rocks into your jar first" way back in week one of camp.  

And I think this time of year, when we really feel "short" on time, that concept is MORE important than ever.

Getting to your workouts FIRST THING before your day starts.  That's critical.  Doing so gives you more energy to tackle the day.  And, it guarantees that nothing will sidetrack you when you wait to work out after work.  That typically doesn't work so well. 

Other big rocks, especially this time of the year, include taking care of YOU!  Plan a tiny bit of downtime into your day to allow you to catch your breath, recharge mentally, and give you the energy to keep on keeping on during the holiday crazies. 

Big rocks that are also good ideas include connecting with the most important people in your life.  Planning your day before it starts (before you jump onto eamil and you're sucked into the great abyss) so you're more productive/effective, reading and writing your goals so you stay on track, and preparing your meals for the week (at least one day during the week) to ensure quality nutrition.

My guess is ... you're already doing some of these ... or you have done these at some point.  Just make sure the holidays don't derail your awesome momentum and progress.

Because our seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.

Keep track of how you're spending your 86,400 seconds each day ... and make sure that spending is working for YOU!

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins
NSCA-CPT, ACE

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