A friend of mine posted this quote on Facebook the other day and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
“Most of us spend our lives as if we have another one in the bank.” – Ben Irwin
I feel like I work hard, play hard, and live in the moment pretty well most of the time. But that quote made me wonder, “Do I do that? Do I live like I have another life in the bank?”
My answer? Yes. Absolutely.
As hard as I work, as hard as I play, as much as I try to serve my customers well, run my business well, and positively influence the world, there are many, many times I don’t spend 100% of myself. I save myself, or sometimes even give up, thinking I’ll do it right or better the next time. And often I spend too much of my time waiting for the all the planets to align before I take action that could make a difference TODAY. Rather than give you examples of what those actions look like, let me share with you what my thoughts sound like.
“I’ve done enough today. I’ll do that tomorrow.”
“When I lose 20 lbs, THEN I’ll really kick off my public speaking career.”
“When I make more money, THEN I’ll be able to give to charity or my church.”
“When I build up some more knowledge or expertise, THEN I’ll be able to help clients solve their problems.”
We waste our todays thinking we’ll spend our tomorrows better. Or that tomorrow holds some magic potion that’s out of our reach today.
Tomorrow is our life in the bank. But it’s a bank we can’t withdraw from no matter how hard we try. All we have is today. All we have is today’s customer, today’s staff, today’s body, today’s activities, today’s money, today’s energy, today’s TIME.
Treat your very next customer the way you dream about treating your customers in the future (you know, when you have all the time, money, and staff you think you need). Treat your staff as if they were the staff of your ideal future. Treat your spouse the way you’ll treat her/him on your twentieth, or thirtieth, or fortieth anniversary. Treat your kids in such a way that the song “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin or “Just the Two of Us” by Will Smith won’t make you get all teary-eyed.
Spend all of yourself today. An amazing part of life is that when you spend all of yourself today, you get a whole new you to spend tomorrow.