The other day I came across this wonderful story. It spoke of a special bank account that deposits $86,400 every day. At the end of the day, anything left in the account is wiped out. Additionally, no one can withdraw more than the day’s amount, or borrow against it. What would you do, if this were your bank account? Personally, I would drain the account every single day in order to maximize my potential earnings.
Now, what if I told you that you already have this bank account? Every day, we are given 86,400 seconds with which we can do anything. When I wake up tomorrow, I don’t have any time left over from today. Additionally, I cannot borrow time from others, or even other days to come.
As an entrepreneur, it is typical for me to try and squeeze as much out of my time as possible. In addition to this, I have relationships to maintain and foster. At the end of the day, I am wiped. However, I frequently ask myself if I used as much of my time as effectively as I could have? Some days I can answer that with a definitive “YES!” Other days, I am not so sure.
What can I do to improve this, though? How can I be sure that I am not just losing potential from my special bank account?
Today, I am starting to better identify my goals. Though they may be lofty, none will be unattainable. By writing them down, I can begin to backwards from them to identify steps. These steps should provide me a clear direction to achieving the things that matter most to me. Also, writing them down provides a reminder of what I want to achieve and why. It may sound ridiculous to think that a goal would need a reminder, but items will always be forgotten on any sizable list.
For 2017, I am going to take my businesses to new heights. I will work with new people, and continue to expand my team. In addition to this, I will continue to work on starting my third business. We have hit some snags on that, but I met my goal for 2016 of having two businesses. These are macro-level goals for myself. Each of them have their own micro-level goals as well. This is why I need to start writing them down and tracking them.
Looking ahead, I am excited because the year promises such great potential for me. My businesses may be in for incredible growth, and energy. However, as with everything in life, I refuse to just wait for my turn. I’m charging out there and taking whatever actions I can to continue this upward trend.
Fortune favors the bold!