Are you getting the most out of life? Are you living in the past, focused on today, or always staring at the future? Do you have suitcases full of regret or are they full of satisfaction? Do you get overwhelmed by the thought that there are not enough hours in one day? Begin to prioritize your life and think of it as a journey we all take at a different pace. Today, we want to encourage you to utilize your clock to create gratitude, joy, and a feeling of accomplishment. Twenty-four is a symbolic number that we identify with time because of its mental math that equals out to a day.
Before you challenge your brain to grasp the concept of getting the most out of your 24-hour day, shrink this thought to 24 minutes. Most of America watches television and sits in front of an LCD-screen living their life vicariously through fictitious scenarios played out by people in 24 minutes on a sitcom or scripted reality show. We challenge you to step outside the box, pun intended, and get the most out of your precious time. In 24 minutes, you could do something to increase your lifetime, such as taking a walk or jog. You could also improve your emotional tie to others by taking 24 minutes to write letters to at least two people who inspired you in life, and within those 24 minutes, drop it off to the post office. Taking the time to nurture relationships often gives you a sense of community. Another idea in the great 24 is to tackle a chore you’ve been avoiding. Set your alarm, get to that pile of laundry, and feel the weight of the dirty clothes monkey lift off your shoulders. Finally, in 24 minutes you could set aside time to feed your spiritual man, whether it’s praying or meditating, and devote those minutes to focusing on your spirituality as it will feed your soul.
Now that you have begun to get the most out of your minutes, let’s begin with a day. There are 24 hours in a day, which breaks down to 1,440 minutes, and, to stretch that further, 86,400 seconds in one day. As humans, we typically utilize only half that time. When you wake up, take a few of those precious minutes to make a mental gratitude list. Thinking about everything in your life that you have to be thankful for will help you walk in victory throughout the day. As your morning routine moves along, and those 86,400 seconds keep ticking away, add at least three goals for the day. These goals can range from something as ordinary as taking out the trash to something extraordinary, such as dropping off lunch to someone less fortunate than you. Coco Chanel once said, “If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” During your period of 24 hours, let your wings begin to grow.
As you realize the amazing things you can accomplish in just one day, look forward to the endless opportunities that can be achieved in 24 weeks – which equals to six months! It all comes down to goal-setting and self-improvement, whether you want to improve spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially, or mentally. Knowing what your ultimate goal is can shape the next six months of your life, and 24 weeks later, you will be a better person who can inspire others. Entrepreneur, author, and jazz guitarist, Josh Linkner, embraced this 6-month challenge through the inspiring words of a Tibetan monk, “What you learn today, you’ll play in six months.” This phrase catapulted Josh’s drive to succeed. He mentions in an article titled, Crush All Your Goals With the 6-Month Rule, “Six months of focused energy can transform broken relationships, reinvent sales and marketing practices, or establish lifetime habits.” His ability to embrace the monks’ wisdom has allowed him to begin transforming his life and others’ day by day, minute by minute, second by second. Imagine what can be accomplished in 24 years if we all embrace the beauty of time and live out this goal-oriented lifestyle! Just 24 years ago this month, an idea was partnered with a goal to create a true sense of community: the first issue of WestCoast Magazine was born! Twenty-four years later, we are serving thousands of people in different communities, and we challenge you to take the time to say yes to the clock, and make it a goal to look at time as a gift, and not a restraint.
Sabrina Short, Intern, WestCoast Magazine