At the start of each day, place your hand on your chest, close your eyes and feel the rhythm of your heart. It’s just a few inches away from your fingertips. It’s real. You can’t hide from it. Feel it moving in tempo? Thump … thump … thump. Reflect for a few minutes. How many more heartbeats do I have? How many have I already used? What have I used them for? How many have I wasted? Keep feeling this small electric pulse in the end of your fingertips. It’s one of the few things in your life that’s 100% real. Without it, nothing else really matters. It takes priority over everything else. It takes precedence over work, business deals, the news and traffic jams. It is more important than money or gold.
I once presented the above exercise to remind the audience to readjust their idea of “time management” and focus on “heartbeat management.” Why? So many believe in the “I’ll do it when ___________” plan, assuming that time’s infinite presence also applies to them. But it doesn’t. Time existed before we were born and will continue long after we’re gone.
Keep in mind, the average heart rate is about 70 beats per minute. That’s 4,200 beats an hour, 100,800 beats a day, 36,792,000 a year. If a person dies at the age of 80, their heart will beat about 2,943,360,000 times.
The lesson? Time is infinite, heartbeats are not. Our lives are measured by how many times our heart beats, not the ticking of a clock. Therefore, direct your life around your heartbeats. Dance to the rhythm of them. Celebrate them.
Each morning, ask yourself: Out of the roughly 100,800 heartbeats that will expire today, how many will I give to my children? How many will I give to my spouse? How much will I give to a job that doesn’t align with my purpose? How much will I give to television? How much will I give to worry? How many will I let slip through my fingers with idle time? How many heartbeats will I give to myself?
“Calendars are for careful people, not passionate ones …”
Question: Does this different view of time management change your thoughts about today? If so, how?
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