“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” ~Jim Rohn
99% of life’s challenges can be overcome. But greatest among them is time — for time is the one obstacle we can never hope to defeat.
Life is a game, and your opponent is time.
We only have so many mornings to rise to, so many days to live out, and so many nights to lay our heads down to sleep. It doesn’t matter if we notice — time moves persistently, and it will, always, until it has pulled down every grain of sand in the hourglass of life.
This is a universal condition.
We cannot fight it, but what we can do, as human beings, as creatures that can take thoughts and transmute them into reality through belief, action, persistence, and courage, is to live in the time we have, and at the end let time take a life that was worth living — a life that made a difference, that used its potential, that freed itself of mediocrity and reached the heights of human expression.
Live so that when the time comes to let go of life, you can do so without complaint, without bitterness, knowing that you lived well — that you improved on the spirit you were given at birth.
In the words of the great stoic philosopher, Seneca, when life calls on us to return our lives, let us thank it for its gift, and show how we have cared for its property, and then let it go thankfully and willingly:
Focus On The Only Time You Have . . .
“The supply of time is a daily miracle. You wake up in the morning and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your live. It is yours!” ~Arnold Bennett
The only time you will ever have is now.
Whatever your dreams are, whatever you truly want for your life, you must not wait for the “right” moment. That moment will never come. The only time you have, or will ever have, is this very moment.
Use it, for it shall be lost either way. Time does not care how well you use its gift. It will pull those threads from your hand just as quickly if you do nothing with them as it would if you had woven them into something wonderful.
Time is of the essence. Do not let anything impede your use of it.
Indecision and doubt are poison to your proper use of time. They slow you down and make way for procrastination, fear, and ultimately a lack of genuine progress.
Throw these things off so that you may proceed in this journey against the clock. Be bold, be decisive, be confident, believing in yourself and not fearing mistakes or anything else. Fear is the worst enemy of all. Not the most powerful, but the most destructive if you let it get under your skin.
And remember: time is not your enemy in the evil sense, although it will defeat you; it is merely what is, an unquarrelsome force like the wind. And even time, even death, is not worth your fear, not when you have so much to do. Fear only robs us of what life we have.
Be fearless in this grand tournament of life.
Life is the greatest of all games.
Although you face many opponents throughout it, many of them from within your own mind — doubt, fear, pessimism, indecision, timidity, and countless other diseases of attitude — its ultimate master is time. This thought comes from the end of Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich, and it nails down the nature of this game:
“Life is a checkerboard, and the player opposite you is time. If you hesitate before moving or forget to move promptly, your men will be wiped off the board by time. You are playing against a partner who will not tolerate indecision!”
It is up to you. Will you make the start? Will you throw off fear and doubt and all other impediments and venture forth into the vastness of your potential?
Time is sitting opposite you, counting the pieces he has already taken and patiently waiting to take more. Do not fear him. Do not resist him. Instead, make those pieces worth taking!
“A fearless man thrives on far horizons.” ~Napoleon Hill
Journey to them.
Go for it.
Make this losing game one that time will remember.