Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change

Time

November 01, 2023 Travis Maus Season 2 Episode 53
Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change
Time
Show Notes Transcript

What if you knew how much time you had left? Would you live your life differently? This episode of Unleashing Leadership explores this concept, starting on a somber note with a story from one of my clients who faced his own mortality. His attitude towards life and time served as a catalyst for an eye-opening discussion about the true value of time, the essence of life, and the power of a positive mindset.

We delve into the art of self-reflection, unmasking the excuses we often make to evade following our passions. The real question is, are those deterrents legitimate or simply an easy escape? I'll challenge you to seize the moment, live your life, and race against time, not others. This episode is an inspiring call to action, stressing the significance of shielding your life from negative influences and judiciously using your precious time. So, brace yourself for a stimulating conversation that might alter how you perceive and appreciate your time.

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This is Unleashing Leadership and I'm your host, travis Moss. Welcome to Episode 53, sandwiched right in the middle of all the team interviews for the ideal team player, we have a quote day, so a day of inspiration, and this comes from a client of mine I've been working with for a long time. I've got to know him and his family and for his own privacy I'm not going to use his name, but here's his quote. My goal for the years to have a positive attitude and stay alive. You know, when we finally face our own mortality and I've, through my work, have seen this a lot I work with people in their 70s, 80s and 90s. I work with people younger who have a spouse who passes away or somebody in the family with a terminal illness, or sometimes we're taking care of a parent or spouse in a care type of situation. When you are somebody like that, when you are dealing with something like that, it changes you forever. It changes your priorities. It helps you see the world differently. You know, one of the things that happens when we go through some of these life events, some of these things that really shape us, is we really see how little time we have and how precious it really is.

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And if you thought you only had one year left, how would you spend it? How much time would you waste with negative thoughts and procrastination or self-pity or overworking things? You know, getting too stuck in the little details that really just don't matter sometimes. How much time would you waste worrying about what others think of you or what you don't have? I mean, you only got a year left anyway. Who cares? Who would you just get to doing stuff. Every minute is a minute you don't have. If you only had 10 more good days, if you could only look forward to 10 more good days in your life, would you really waste any one of those days on something insignificant? Would you waste 10 minutes or one tenth of the time on anything of it insignificant? Would you really spend your time on time killers? I see that all the time. Oh, it's a great time killer. Yeah, it's killing for sure. It's killing you in the heart is really what it's doing if you're looking at time as something you need to kill. Or would you be, as one of my friends call me, a dick with your time?

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I know a guy who loves hiking in Europe and he's in his 80s, but you can't tell. It's pretty amazing and we talk about all the things that he wants to do he's not doing. And because he's in his 80s, we talk about it in like 10 year increments. Man, pretend you only got 10 years left because you know, when you're 80s you're thinking like that a little bit more than you think like that when you're in your 20s or 30s. So you only got 10 good years left and if you do a trip every year, that's 10 trips, and if you skip a year, that's 10% of the trips you could take essentially over the rest of your life.

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You can't get the time back. It's a lot to not do what you want to do. It's a lot to not follow where your heart takes you or to not try to fulfill your passions. A little bit of time can take a lot away and sometimes we make excuses why we can't do these things. We need to really check ourselves when we're making excuses. Is it a real excuse or is it just a cop out? If you want to do something great with your life, you've got to start today. You've got to start right now. Stop wasting time like you have an unlimited supply. Stop watching everybody else live their lives. You start living yours.

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Competitive people think they're competing against themselves. They always say, well, I'm against myself, I don't care what everybody else is doing, it's my own personal best time. Whatever they're wrong, you know why they're wrong Because they are going to only be the fastest for so long, the strongest for so long, the most athletic for so long, the smartest for so long. They're only going to be here for so long. You know what they're competing with. They're competing with time, because time is going to win against everybody. It will defeat everybody. Every single one of us is going to run out of it.

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But you can't sit there and self-pity. You can't sit there and think well, somebody's taking something from me, nobody's taking nothing from you. You've been given a gift. It's the ultimate excuse for you to do whatever you're passionate about, because you only got so much time. So the reason why you're a dick with your time, the reason why you don't let people with bad attitudes sabotage your life, because if you want something, if you want anything, if you want to know something, if you want to be something, you stop wasting time. And you'd be glad that you had this precious gift of time and you get after it.

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