Every so often, we experience events in our lives that are reminders that can steer us in the right direction. For me, that reminder occurred over the last two weeks, while my family was on vacation…Time is our most precious resource that we have and that we can give to our self and others.
When my wife started talking about taking our usual summer beach trip and extending it to two weeks instead of our usual one-week, I was a hesitant to agree. However, about the time we were discussing this, I read a little piece by my good friend, speaker, best-selling author, and Executive Coach, John Brubaker about the importance of using time off and the number of unused vacation days within our country. As a teacher, speaker and author, the temptation is there to use the summer months as a time to work on writing and connecting with various programs that I am blessed to work with, and when I read Coach Bru’s piece, I thought, “Let’s invest the time and go away for two weeks.”
The two weeks away was the best thing that ever happened for our family. As a father of two young boys, I had dedicated time to take them to the playground and basketball courts every single day. We also had quality time in the ocean jumping waves and riding waves. Since we were away during the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals, we had excuses to stay up late into the night and watch these events. All of the time we were together is an investment in the building of our family. Of course I still woke up in early in the morning and did some work, but everything that was done, was an investment of time.
Time is our most precious resource; we can either invest the time or spend the time. Early on in my coaching career, I would have considered vacation an expense of time, something that I avoided; now time away with the family is an investment. So the challenge for every Competitor is to look at their time and recognize the investment of this precious resource, time.
Every day is a competition and it is yours to win.