We recognize attacks on our mind. They are nearly overwhelming in our society today. If it is not the television, it is the radio. If it is not the radio, it is the magazine. If it is not the magazine, it is the movie theater. If it is not the movie theater, it is a billboard. If it is not a billboard, it is all of these things working through our closest friends and family. However, for us, we have freed up an insurmountable quantity of time for our minds now that we reject these attacks. This is good because we need this time to master our fears. We plan to become experts and take action and by so doing we eliminate our fears. In order to achieve expert status we must dedicate time to the effort. Where does our time go today? Who is planning our time? Who is running our show?
If we wish to take back control of our time it is imperative to examine a principle, which we may find useful. The Pareto principle was developed by Vilfredo Pareto during his illustrious career. Among the many of his developments this Pareto principle is our interest in this current matter. The specific point that concerns us is that his principle suggests that when applied to events roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. For example, it is likely that in our businesses we find that we spend eighty percent of our time with only twenty percent of our customers. One might suggest that we could free up a significant portion of our time to grow and keep fresh our business by identifying and eliminating some of the more 'needy' customers. Think now how this principle might apply in our own life. Could it be possible that eighty percent of our free time is consumed by twenty percent of our 'resume-building' activities? Perhaps eighty percent of our available, quality family time is consumed by twenty percent of our worries?
This requires reflection. We must examine our own self critically in order to find the time-leeches confiscating our life from us. What is the one thing that more than any other really steals time from our family? What is that one fear or problem that consumes much of our brain-power throughout an average day? Have we ever felt like life is just flying by? What makes life 'fly' by? Who is to blame if we fail to take action to eliminate our fears? If we fail to examine our activities and rate them by merit whom should we blame? It is true that we may stumble and fall through life, we may make errors and mistakes along the way, but we are not a failure until we start blaming others, including fate, for our circumstances. We know that something is holding us back. What is standing in our way? What has put itself between us and our own family? No one or no thing in this universe can mold our life; tell us how we should divide our time. Have we conceded to find happiness in only the thought of being with our family and loved ones? Where is our time going? We can make the change. We can stop the confiscators. We hold the key to our own mind. No one can define happiness for us. We decide how we spend our time in this world. Take thought on this now before life flies on by.
Copyright © Robert Clinton Chedester 2012