Don't Ask Time Where It's Gone; Tell It Where To Go!

John L. Mason

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All great achievers, all successful people, are those who have been able to gain control over their time. It has been said that all human beings have been created equal in one respect; each person has been given 24 hours each day.

We need to choose to give our best time to our most challenging situation. It's not how much we do that matters; its how much we get done. We should choose to watch our time, not our watch. One of the best timesavers is the ability to say no. Not saying no when you should is one of the biggest wastes of time you will ever experience.

Don't spend a dollar's worth of time for ten cent's worth of results.

Make sure to take care of the vulnerable times in your days. These vulnerable times are the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. I have heard a minister say that what a person is like at midnight when he is all alone reveals that person's true self.

Never allow yourself to say, “I could be doing big things if I weren't so busy doing small things!" Take control of your time. The greater control you exercise over your time, the greater freedom you will experience in your life. The psalmist prayed, So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom (Ps. 90:12).

People are always saying, “I'd give anything to be able to. . . " There is a basic leadership principle that says, “6x1=6. " If you want to write a book, learn to play a musical instrument, become a better tennis player, or do anything else important, then you should devote one hour a day, six days a week, to a project. Sooner than you think, what you desire will become a reality. There are not many things a person cannot accomplish in 312 hours a year!

Remember the future arrives an hour at a time. Gain control of your time, and you will gain control of your life.

- John Mason, from the book An Enemy Called Average (Want to purchase this book? Go to )

John Mason is a national best-selling author, nationally recognized speaker and book coach. You can visit his site at to receive this nugget and ones just like it in your email inbox every week. Very inspiring!


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