“Life is short, so make it sweet”

“Life is short, so make it sweet”

Life

I was driving the other day and heard something on the radio that rang a bell in my head. The speaker said that we are born with only 1,000 months to live. Wow, that few. I did the maths and realised he was being generous, a lot of people I have known haven’t gone near a thousand months. Worse still, we sleep for 300 of those months. So, consciously we only have 700 months in our life to be happy, and successful, to learn, to be productive, to meet and mate, to leave our mark and a legacy. There is no time to lose. When we finish our schooling we have already used 20% of our allocated months. Then we start work. If we work from 20 to 70 years of age, we have a career that spans 600 months. That is a big chunk of months so they should be used wisely. If you’re 30 years old, you have only worked 20% of your working life and have a whopping 80% to go. If you’re 45 years old, you still have 50% of your working career ahead of you. Some employees feel self-development is their employer’s responsibility. That’s fine if they’re happy for their employer being responsible for their destination in life. Most people miss out on opportunities to earn more money and better themselves because the opportunity is disguised as hard work. Time is too short to sit around and wait for an opportunity to climb the ladder, the successful actively go for it. I see too many people doing social activities at work and being only 80% effective, and then when they’re at home with family or friends they are dipping in and out of emails, or worse, stressing about work. If those people were more focused at work they’d perform better and would have less to worry about when they finished for the day. The lesson is “life is short, so make it sweet”. Self-discipline is key. It is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not – the ability to force yourself to do what you should do! By applying self-discipline, not just at work but in all aspects of life, we take control. We give ourselves the best chance of success. We make the best use of our 1,000 months. By Trevor Hutchings, Director, Sage Financial Group With thanks for some words to Christopher Dean, www.orangewhistle.com