We have discussed this before on selfdevelopmentaddict. What you do in your spare time will determine your success or non-success. Keep in mind, success to me is defined as the constant pursuit of worthwhile goals and dreams. So you must establish what those worthwhile goals and dreams of yours are and then lay down the action steps and plan to achieve them.
For some reason I wanted to sleep in this morning. It happens to all of us. The difference for me this morning was that I had a good friend of mine texting me on what he was working on. This wasn’t extremely early, but it was before I was motivated to get out of bed. His texts inspired me to get out of my bed and quickly get on with the day and ultimately inspired me to write on this topic today. It is good to be surrounded by people who push you to be better.
Most of us have three parts to our day. We have work, sleep, and then spare time. It is Sunday afternoon as I am typing this, so I will classify the weekends as spare time. If you work on the weekends (As I do), then you work a lot in your spare time and that is good, but what are you working on is the key?
Depending on your work and sleep schedule, it determines how much spare time you have. Also, I realize many of you may have families and children, lets just go ahead and say it now. It is up to you to determine what you will get out of your life. If your life is not where you want it to be, then what you do in your spare time will determine your success. Maybe your life is where you want it to be, for you to continue to have success and achieve more success it will require you to continue to grow and develop. Things just don’t happen, you must make them happen. So spending time with children and family needs to be budgeted in as well. I heard a great quote yesterday, while I was spending my spare time in a meeting with other trainers (on a Saturday) learning how we can get better. The quote was: “The world we went to sleep in last night, is not the same world we woke up in today”. WOW, isn’t that true, the world changes so fast.
So what do you do in your spare time. Well since it is Sunday, most people I know make time for their spiritual thirst and need. Maybe you attend church on Sunday mornings or Sunday afternoons. Then you spend time with the people at your church at dinner or lunch. I am not here to judge right or wrong in what anyone does in their spare time, however, I would say that this kind of activity leads to other good activities and feeds a person spiritually and mentally and allows them to develop and ultimately positions them to achieve their goals and dreams, I know.
What else are you doing in you spare time. Are you recharging? Well, that is something we all should do. You gotta do it for your own health and well-being. Are you investing in yourself? That is the question. A portion of you spare time should be devoted and invested in developing your self. Maybe it is reading non-fiction book, maybe it is listening to a webinar, maybe it is working on a small business, etc. All of these investments are opportunities that will allow you to get closer to your goals and dreams.
What are you doing today, to invest in yourself? Is it recharging? Is it spiritual? Is it learning a new skill or developing a skill? Please share with me what you are doing.