Aristotle said that if you gave him a lever big enough, he could
move the world. The same principle of leverage applies in your
life. In this case, we are talking about the use of a small
amount of time each day to revolutionize the results you get from
the rest of your day and your life.
If a person would take just one hour out of every day, and devote
it to personal development, he/she would rapidly achieve
extraordinary results in life. This is the idea that is being
presented to you here, and one you would do well to take
seriously. Before you even think of saying that “you can’t afford
the time”, consider this: you can’t afford NOT to!
Too much of the time, our well-intentioned resolutions for self
betterment fall by the wayside. Certainly, we intend to take our
personal growth very seriously. Yet, it either never happens at
all, or if it does, fails to yield the results we might have
This is often because there is little consistency in what we are
doing. Sometimes, we go at it strong and appear to make good
progress. However, with no set routine to fall back on, we are
always at risk of letting the whole thing slide when something
“important” comes up. By establishing an hour of power – a
regular daily period for self growth – you prevent this from
happening and make solid progress rapidly. Many people devote
regular time to physical exercise, which is to be applauded.
However, doesn’t your your mental life, and your very future,
deserve the same respect?
What does this hour consist of? To a large extent, you can shape
it as you wish. However, there should be certain elements
present. There should definitely be time reserved to set and
review your goals. This would include writing them out by hand to
reinforce them upon your mind. All this could take 10-15 minutes.
There should be a period where you actively visualize the
successful achievement of your dreams. Here, you use all of your
imaginative inner senses to bring your desired future into your
present subconscious reality.
You could spend 20-30 minutes of your hour reading a personal
growth book, or listening to tapes from motivational speakers.
Remember that in order to recondition your subconscious, and
raise the vibration of your thoughts and what you attract to
yourself, you need to be continually feeding yourself with
positive material. If you have spent much of your life thinking
negative, and being fed unhelpful ideas by those around you, it
is vital that you consciously reverse the process and impregnate
yourself on a regular basis with the ideas that actually help you
move you forward and upward.
Perhaps 5-10 minutes of your hour of power can be spent actually
planning out your day? Alternatively, if you do your hour in the
evenings, then you can plan out the next day. This would simply
involve listing out the things you need to do, and ranking them
in order of importance. Clearly, we are not talking about
remembering to do the shopping, or going to see the latest movie.
Rather, you need to list and execute the actions you can take
that will propel your life forward, and then make sure they get
done. Simply listing your activities for the day, ranking them in
order of importance, and making sure they get done will change
your life dramatically!
Nobody can create your hour of power for you. It is down to you
to decide on the components you want to include. Perhaps a period
of quiet reflection on your life is something you would wish to
include. Decide on what you want to do with the time, and plan it
out. Do not just set aside an hour and then drift through it
without any plan. Sub-divide the hour into discrete sections,
e.g. 15-minute chunks, and have an idea of what you will do in
each before you even begin. Indeed, your very first hour of power
may be devoted to planning out all the others to follow.
Also, it may not be one hour in a single sitting. You may find it
better to do two half-hour sessions, at the start and end of the
day respectively. That is fine too, if it works for you and your
time schedule. However, do not sacrifice the hour total. You do
need that amount of time to make it work. After all, this is not
“wasted time”. Rather, it could be the key component in taking
you forward towards your dreams and goals.
Give some thought to this idea and consider making the hour of
power a key part of your daily schedule. We are so involved in so
many activities that we need a solid chunk of the day to
revitalize our hopes and dreams, and keep ourselves going on the
right path. Yes, given a large enough lever, you could indeed
move the world. But first, you have to move yourself!
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