MOTIVATION & INSPIRATION
By Deion Sanders with Tejado W. Hanchell, Ph. D
Time is the most precious coin I possess. We often hear the statement, “Time is money.” However, the reality is that many of us don’t truly value time as much as we value money. Time and money go together like Peaches and Herb, Will and Jada, or Jay-Z and Beyoncé. In fact, most people aren’t paid based upon tasks – they’re paid based upon time. Hourly workers don’t fill out their timesheet with how many tasks they completed, they only record how many hours they worked. Even the multimillion dollar athlete is not paid per touchdown, basket or homerun. The contract is based on time. When we see these big sports contracts, most of us focus on the number of dollars, but the most important number is the number of years – the time.
The new movie “In Time” starring Justin Timberlake highlights the economics of time. In the movie time is currency. You pay for everything in minutes instead of dollars. For instance, a cup of coffee costs 4 minutes. The goal was to keep making time because once you were out of time, you were out of life. This is not too far from reality. Time is our most valuable resource, and if we waste our time, we waste our life. Just like with money, we must try to save our time and watch how we spend our time. Otherwise, we will go bankrupt. If time is like money, procrastination is like debt. We go deep in debt when we waste time and don’t make the most of our time. That’s why some people go bankrupt. They wasted so much time that they don’t have enough left to pay off their debts.
I’ve always understood the value of time. There’s no way I could have achieved the level of success I have if I did not value time. Think about it. What’s my nickname? PrimeTIME! That name came from my realization that I had to maximize my time as a professional athlete in order to secure my family’s financial future.
We’ve all seen the star athletes who flame out because they were too lazy or undisciplined to put in the necessary time to be successful – even though they have the necessary gifts. We see students flunk out of school because they don’t want to put the time into their books – they’d rather kick it. Couples who fail at marriage because they don’t spend enough quality time with each other, or kids still angry as adults because their parents didn’t spend give them enough time. Time is important, and what we do with it is even more important. The reality is that success does not come because of what we do ONE time…it comes because of what we do OVER time. We are what we repeatedly do.
With that in mind, let’s take a cue from the movie “In Time” and begin to treat our time like money. Most people who are successful with money start with a budget. No matter how much money you make, you’ve got to have a plan. Your money shouldn’t have a hold on you. You should have a hold on your money. The great leadership author, John Maxwell, says “A budget is telling your money where to go…instead of wondering where it went.” The same can be said about our time. We must develop a “time budget” so we can tell our time where to go instead of wondering “Where did all the time go?”
When it comes to time and money, I recommend the 80/20 principle. Live off 80%. Give 10% of your time and money to God then give 10% to yourself. That means that on average about 2 ½ hours of each day should be devoted to God – the Giver of your time and resources. This could involve overtly spiritual activities like praying, reading the Bible, or going to church, but it also involves serving God by serving others. I spend several hours a day helping kids through our TRUTH program. Now, Prime U Prep Academy K-12 will open in 2012. Prime U is designed to help kids excel in academics, sports, and in life. All of this is a part of my service to the Lord. Make sure He gets a tithe (10%) of your time.
After we take care of our number 1 priority – God first, we must be sure to secure ourselves next. We should devote at least 10% of our day to rest, relaxation, and family. With all the time I spend helping other people’s kids, I CANNOT NEGLECT TIME WITH MY OWN KIDS. THEY NEED ME, AND I NEED THEM. Parents, make sure you protect time with your kids. It doesn’t matter how busy you are or how demanding your job is. Take time for yourself, and take time for your kids. Take up a hobby, workout. Find something you enjoy doing, and do it. Just do you!
The remaining 80% of your time should be divided between the things that are the highest priority. For most of us about 35% of our day (8-10 hours) is devoted to our job or career. Another 35% usually goes toward sleep. That leaves about 10% of your day (2 ½ hours) for everything else. When you realize that after giving God His time, paying yourself your time, working and sleeping, you really don’t have a lot of time left. You definitely don’t have time to waste on things and people that are unproductive. Don’t waste your time because TIME IS PRIME!
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Tejado W. Hanchell