Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!
– Tony Robbins
It took me more than 30 years to grasp what Tony Robbins sums up in about 3 seconds.
In 2016, I bought a countdown timer for my home office and set the “expiration” to a date ten years in the future—my 45th birthday.
I mounted my new countdown clock (this one) on the wall in my home office—against the wishes of my wife. Then, underneath, I hung a world map and a list of personal/professional goals. The world map contains pins indicating where we’ve traveled (my wife and I) and the list of goals includes the following (in order of priority):
- Donate $1,000,000 to charity.
- Visit 100 countries.
- Exercise for at least 20 minutes/day.
- Help build a great company.
- Invent a product.
- Appear on Wheel of Fortune.
- Pay off all my debt.
Every time I see my clock and witness the seconds of my life disappear, it reminds me why I put it up in the first place…
Small and almost insignificant changes, implemented now, can have a huge impact over a year, a decade, and a lifetime.
My countdown clock also reminds me that time is everyone’s most valuable asset and it should never be wasted.
Treat your time like an investment—spend it wisely and do things that matter.
Ten years from now, I’ll review my list of goals, add some new ones, reset the countdown and get back to it.
What will you have accomplished ten years from now?