Leadership, Top Story

30 Minutes a Day

Cary Register

Fitness and Leadership Editor

What if you could change your life, by doing something 30 minutes a day? You could learn a new skill, read books, get leaner, stronger, smarter. The idea is to start off by picking something, anything, and devote 30 minutes out of your day to do just that. If you spent 30 minutes reading every day, the number of books you could read in a year would surprise you. If you exercised 30 minutes a day, after a month your progress would be dumbfounding. If you decided to write about something every day for 30 minutes, the quality and speed of your writing would improve.

The idea, that in just 30 minutes, you devote yourself wholly to one thing, is not new. The act of self-improvement is nothing new. The decision that you make to spend 30 minutes today to get better at something, anything, is new. The power of time that you have today, to make a difference in your life is real. You can find it in your schedule to devote 30 minutes to self-improvement. The hardest part is getting started. 30 minutes might not seem like enough, but it’s a small habit that propels you forward.

Fight Temptation

It is so much easier to relax and tell yourself, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Instead of consistently putting things off, start doing just a little bit today. Maybe that means you spend 30 minutes reading instead of surfing the web. Maybe it’s spending 30 minutes running instead of watching TV. Whatever it is, if you want to be a better person, you can take the time to become that person. If you know that in your heart of hearts, your life needs improvement, then you can do something to change it.

One Step at a Time

You don’t have to drastically change your entire life overnight. But what you must do is something different. We only get so much time in our lives. If we waste it on meaningless things, then we are left empty. However, if we spend our lives being the best people that we can be, then we can be fulfilled.

The reason I advocate for 30 minutes, is because it is a small change that builds upon itself. If you spend 30 minutes every day doing something that is good for you, that turns into 3.5 hours a week. That 3.5 hours a week turns into 14 hours a month. That 14 hours a month turns into 168 hours a year. that’s 168 hours of time you spent bettering yourself. You can easily waste 30 minutes a day doing nothing productive, but if you decided to turn that time wasting on its head, and made a small change today, then you would drastically improve your life.

30 minutes doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but it builds up into more and more time. The more time you spend doing something, the better you get at it. Pretend that you want a promotion at work, and it requires you to know more about you company’s product. If you spent 30 minutes a day learning about your company’s product, you will become an expert. Eventually you will be one of the most knowledgeable employees within the company. Then, when it comes time to seek that promotion, there isn’t any real competition in your way. By devoting yourself to 30 minutes today, to be better tomorrow, when tomorrow arrives you already are better. This type of thinking will improve your life. And all it takes is 30 minutes. 30 minutes today equals success tomorrow.

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