Saturday, April 16, 2011


This month, I’m giving a ‘pep’ talk to all those procrastinators out there, and a good kick in the seat of the pants!
It’s been said many times if you want someone to be accountable for something, hit them in their pocket. People will always follow their money—especially in these bad economic times.
Close your eyes for a minute and imagine you just won $86,400.00 as the result of a contest. And each morning your bank will deposit another $86,400.00 into your private account for your use.

Obviously every prize has rules, just as any game has rules.
1. What you don't spend each day is forfeited to the bank. There's no transferring the money into some other account, and only you can spend it!
2. The bank can end the game without warning, and can tell you the game is over! As a matter of fact, it can close out that account and you won’t receive another dime.

So what would you personally do with the money knowing you had to spend it all each day?

You'd buy everything and anything you've ever wanted, right? Not just for yourself, but for everyone you love, right? You'd probably even donate it, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?

Okay, now consider this. If you put that $86,400 in seconds instead of money, you have your own magical bank.

Every one of us has in our possession, our own magical bank. Most of the time, we take it for granted.

So let’s apply the same rules as we did above.

Every morning, we're given those 86,400, only this time in seconds as a gift of life. Not using that time is lost forever. Sorry folks, but we don't get them back, and it's not credited to any account.

So what you didn't do today, because you procrastinated one more time, is lost forever. The good news though is tomorrow morning your seconds are again replenished, but you’ve already lost the previous days’ seconds. That’s the bank dissolving them . . . without warning.

SO, what will YOU do with your next 86,400 seconds? Will you follow your long awaited dreams by writing that story begging to be told? Will you finish that project you started ages ago promising you’d get to it, but never have? Will you take the bull by the horns and do it? Or will you allow another day to pass you by?

It’s a little different when you think of time in money vs. time, isn’t it? Gives you a clearer picture, doesn’t it?

So what will you do today?


Mona Risk said...

What a fantastic post Carolyn! I am going to use my 86,000 seconds because your kick in the ass was strong enough to kick me into awareness. I haven't written a new line in six months. Time to wake up and do something about it.

morgan said...

Great job on your blog. Time is my money and I've invested it all in my day job. Thanks for reminding me so I can keep my priorities straight. LOL

Josie said...

Interesting concept, Carolyn. I put so much "money" into my work. I need to get off my new blog and back into my writing.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

WOW Carolyn, what a fantastic post and quite an eye opener. I do write every day, but am not as dedicated as I could be. I suppose when my daughter died, all my priorities changed and I take time every day to spend with my hubby and keep in contact with those who are dear to me as often as I can. My dream is to be published, so I guess I'd better start using more of those seconds to make it happen because only I can do it....

Mona Risk said...

Paisley, your priorities are correct. I reached the same conclusion after I lost my mother six months ago. I too try to spend more time with my husband than on the computer.

Clarissa Southwick said...

Thanks for the reminder, Carolyn. I'm going to get off the internet now and use those seconds to write some NEW words.