What Would You Do with $86,400 Every Day for the Rest of Your Life?
Think about your goals in life and then consider this for a moment. If someone came up to you out of the blue in the street and told you he was a billionaire, would you be impressed? What if that same gentleman said to you that he was going to give you a gift that many people could only dream of possessing, would you be interested?
The gentleman would take you to the side and tell you: ‘For the remainder of your life, I’m going to give you a gift, every single day.’
Who would pass the opportunity of a gift every day from a billionaire? Not many people.
Here’s the deal.
Every single day, at midnight your bank account will be deposited with 86,400 dollars. That’s a significant amount of money, but what if I told you every day it reset.
The only catch is that you can’t accrue interest on that money, you can’t buy anything that you would own, all you can do is spend it.
At the end of every day, whether you spent that money or not, it would all disappear. The very next day, at midnight again you’d get another $86,400 and you will have that for the rest of your life.
What Would You Spend Your Money On?
Some people would spend it on renting fancy cars, others it would be spent on alcohol. Some people’s goals in life revolve around travel, so perhaps you’d spend it on a flight across the world jet-setting. Maybe you’d spend it on treating your loved ones and family.
One thing would happen for certain though. Every single day, you’d spend every last cent of that money if you could.
Otherwise, you wouldn’t be getting the full value out of it.
The Truth Behind The Story…
Sadly, as much as we’d all love to have a billionaire walk up to us and make our wildest monetary dreams come true, for 99.99999% of us, it’s just never going to happen. What I can tell you, however, is what the truth is behind this story.
Every single one of you, who are reading this post right now, get this gift every single day. There are no exceptions, whether you are rich, poor or somewhere in-between, every single day you are receiving $86,400.
Except the only difference is, it’s not 86,400 dollars. It’s 86,400 seconds.
If It Was Money and Not Time, Would You Waste a Single Dollar?
If you had 86,400 dollars to spend every single day, you wouldn’t waste a single dollar. One of your goals in life would be to do everything in your power to spend every last dime of it. Because you know the next day, you’d be getting another 86,400 dollars, you wouldn’t want to leave a single dollar.
You’d make the best of it, right?
Every single day you’re given 86,400 seconds, so why waste time? It doesn’t carry over to the next day; you can’t gain interest on your time, so you need to make the most of it.
You need to take every day and every moment, and decide ‘I’m going to make something positive of this.’
So… What’s the Point I’m Trying to Bring Across with This Article
The point I’m trying to drive home in this article is that when it comes to life, many of us just drift without a trajectory. We wake up, we go to work, we get home, we eat some dinner and we watch TV, constantly forgetting about our goals in life we may have set or wanted to achieve.
Many people go through life living for the weekends and going out and getting reckless drunk as a form of escapism because the truth is they aren’t happy with their life.
The challenge that you have to face is deciding that you’re going to make a difference.
For me it came when I started my blog for the first time, it gave me clarity and a chance to ask myself, ‘what do I really want? What are my new goals in life?’.
You need to develop self-awareness if you don’t have it already and decide what you want.
How Do You Begin to Use Your Time Purposefully?
One of the best first steps to trying to figure out how to spend your time purposefully is to make a conscious decision to make a change. As Gary Veynerchuck will tell you, this decision is binary. It’s 1’s and 0’s, you either decide you are going to make a change or you don’t.
If you want to get fit, it isn’t the gym regime that is getting you fitter, or the food that you eat; it’s the conscious decision you made that you were going to make a change.
I made this decision for myself recently when I started ‘The Miracle Morning’ a regime that involves you waking up an hour earlier than you usually would, focusing on new goals in life and spending the first hour of your day working on personal development.
Want to Take Some Action from Reading This Article? Start Here
So many times I’ve found myself reading articles about personal development, taking in what they talked about and then doing absolutely nothing about it.
I’m a realist; I know that 97% of you who are reading this blog post won’t take any action. You may have the desire to take action, but you just won’t take it.
For the 3% who will take action, grab a pen and let’s make a list for yourself. I want you to write down these headings and for five small minutes, write down everything that you can think of that fits into each category:
- What are you an expert in / your area of expertise?
- What are you certified in?
- What do you have knowledge of?
- What are you passionate about?
- What are you absolutely NOT passionate about?
- What are you NOT skilled in?
- What do you NOT want to do?
- Where do you have connections?
- What do you love doing that makes you happy?
- What in life makes you unhappy?
- What are your goals in life?
I say five minutes, but in reality, this list could take you a lot longer. Spend the five minutes writing down each of the headings and giving yourself plenty of space below each heading to jot down ideas and notes.
What Is the Purpose of This Exercise?
If we are to make every single second of every day count, we need to know what we want to work towards. By completing this exercise, you’ll give yourself a moment in time to look at yourself.
At this moment, by taking a step back and looking at what you’ve written down, you can give yourself a birds-eye view of where you are at in your life.
Focus on what you know and what you’re passionate about.
Now You’ve Got an Idea of Your Strengths, Weaknesses & Passions –
Think About Some Goals
Now you’ve written down your strengths, weaknesses and passions it’s time to think about some short, mid-length and longer goals in life that you want to achieve.
Jobless Nation Note: I hope you guys proved me wrong and more than 3% of you did the exercise. Feel free to let me know I was wrong in the comments if you did make a list!
Let’s Reverse Engineer Your Goals in Life
When it comes to setting any goals in life, we want to first focus on what the finished product looks like. You want to be as ultra-specific about this as you can be.
Try to visualize and describe in detail exactly what you want yourself to look like in 6/12/18 months time. You want to really visualize and be able to see exactly where you want to be.
Jim Carrey famously once wrote himself a cheque for 10 million dollars. In 1985, at 19 when Carrey was broke and depressed, he drove his old-beaten up Toyota up the Hollywood hills. Sitting there, overlooking the whole of LA, he daydreamed of success.
Carrey then wrote himself a cheque for 10 million dollars for ‘acting services rendered’ and he post-dated it for ten years time and kept it in his wallet.
Almost ten years to the day, Carrey received over 10 million dollars for his services in the Dumber and Dumber movie.
What Carrey did was realize what he wanted his long-term goal to be and visualized himself earning that money. I know that Jim Carrey will have had a purposeful well thought out image of himself and if you had asked him, he would have been able to describe it to you perfectly.
I’m not telling you to write yourself a cheque for 1 million dollars for ‘blogging services rendered’ although that would be awesome. What this teaches us, is that by having a clear idea in our head of what we want to achieve, we can 100% achieve those dreams.
Setting Your Goals
For now though, let’s focus on some goals for the next six months. That’s pretty long term and it’s usually how long it can take for you to have a vision for a change you want to make that isn’t so far away that it won’t happen.
What we want to do is use the exercise above to figure out what long-term goal you want to set. For example, if you want to become a freelance writer here’s what your goals may look like.
Examples of Setting Goals:
‘I want to be a writer.’
Goals In Life | 10 years: Be the best selling writer I’ve always dreamed of being and pursue writing as a career.
Long-Term Goal | 6 months: Earn $1200 per month so can leave your job and pursue full-time.
Mid-Term Goal | 100 days: Have two freelance clients bringing in $400 a month.
Short-Term Goal | 30 days: Land my first freelance client and earn my first $100 a month.
You can take a long-term goal and reverse engineer it to help you to achieve success. Although the example above is focusing just on money, you can also reverse engineer your visualization of where you want to be.
For example, with my own goals in life – When I decided I wanted to quit my job and leave to travel, I knew that I had a very particular idea about what I wanted to be doing. Here was my visualization of what I wanted to achieve:
- Work remotely from a laptop anywhere in the world
- Have the flexibility in my job to travel and live anywhere and move whenever I wanted
- Earn enough money to live comfortably without excess (Goal: $1500-$2000 per month)
- Focus on helping other people achieve success
My goals where very particular about what I wanted. I could have gone into a job abroad like a work-away programme, but that wouldn’t have provided me the flexibility I wanted.
I wanted to be flexible, give back and help people and also be able to up and leave anytime I wanted, even if it was only with two days notice. That vision of what I wanted my goals in life to be, pushes me forward, even to this day.
By understanding what I wanted the perfect version of myself to look like, every short-term or mid-term goal I set was aimed at achieving that vision.
That is why it’s so important to reverse engineer your goals in life.
What Does This Mean for You, as Someone Working Remote Online?
Deciding where you want to be going is the first step, setting the goals is the second step and realizing you have 86,400 chances every single day to make purposeful progress towards your goals is the third step.
Once you’ve visualized where you want to be, have the goals in place and are taking action to achieve your goals, YOU my friend are on the right track.
Jobless Nation Note: If you want help trying to figure out the perfect version of yourself, reach out to me via email and I’ll spend some time helping you figure out the important aspects of yourself, or alternatively leave a comment below!
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