Posted on May 07 2018
86,400 seconds, 1440 minutes, or 24 hours. That's it. That's all the time you have each day. And that's before you factor in time spent sleeping. If you're lucky and live to be 100 years old, you will be blessed with 36,500 new days on this earth.
What will you do with the days left ahead of you?
Seize the Moments, Seize the Day
This month's dose of motivation is all about "carpe diem." A Latin phrase which originates from a book written in 23 BC. Carpe diem roughly translates to "seize the day."
Over 2,000 years later, the meaning behind "carpe diem" remains highly relevant because, well, time is always ticking and days are always passing.
To carpe diem is not to sit and squander precious seconds analyzing possible outcomes and worrying about potential pitfalls. Rather, it's to take charge of your seconds, minutes, and hours and make the most impact on this earth while you can.
Sure, you don’t know how many days are in your future. But that's fine. You know you have today. You know you have right now.
How to Carpe Diem All Month Long
Like many things in life, seizing the day is not so much about what you do as it is how you do it. If you focus on living each moment of each day in a sustainable, respectable, and fearless manner, even the small things begin to have great impact.
Be strategic - As social media feeds on our seconds, cell phones ring away minutes, and televisions transmit hours away from our precious days; seizing the day may be more difficult than ever before. Prioritize what is really most important to you each day. Rid your life of the time-consuming distractions you can live without and make room for impactful stuff. Just don’t spend so much time prioritizing that you don’t have time for action.
Be authentic - Do what you love, be with who you love, and communicate how you really feel. Don’t suppress feelings and risk having to live with those words never being said. No matter where you are or who you are with, be there wholly and devote yourself fully. It may be difficult initially, but the resulting relief will stay with you for your lifetime.
Be courageous - It's not easy to break that comforting routine. To erase yesterday and replace inward fears with outward actions. Dream big, but also start living that dream once it's defined. Simplify large tasks into small individual steps. Whether you apply five minutes a day or an hour a day towards your dream, at least you can say it's started.
Do not let the fear of time passing, or the fear of time stopping for you, hinder your completely natural ability to take on each new day with a passionate resolve to create a better life for yourself and a better world for those around you. Don't wait, carpe diem now.