“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people” -widely attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt
For those of us striving to get maximum satisfaction out of our life, there is a simple but powerful shift to be made that directly connects to the measure of our happiness.
Each one of us has 24 hours in a day, no more and no less. It is how we decide to spend that time that determines the quality of our life.
Now the first thing that usually comes to mind when you think about quality of life is wealth. But money does not always correlate to happiness, so quality of life actually means something very different. I define it as how a person views and goes through life. And a simple yet powerful calculation can give us great insight into how the quality of our life is determined.
The quality of our life is consistent with how much time we spend discussing ideas, events or people.
Consider the scenario below, which is a clear example of how this calculation plays out:
Person A: Spends 80% of his or her time engaging in ideas, 15% debating events and 5% discussing people.
Person B: Spends 15% of his or her time engaging in ideas, 80% debating events and 5% discussing people.
Person C: Spends 5% of his or her time engaging in ideas, 15% debating events and 80% discussing people.
These people are living three completely different lives as a direct result of how they have prioritized their values and their time.
If an economic recession hits, Person A is going to view and handle it differently than Person B and Person C. Person A will spend his or her time coming up with ideas on how to bounce back, while Person B will place a priority on analyzing the event itself (the recession). Person B is bound to get stuck hashing over the event, while Person C will be engrossed in discussing people (the President, Congress, Wall Street, etc.), leaving both of them little time to spend on generating ideas pertinent to improving their own lives in relation to the recession.
Out of all three, who do you think is going to come out on top?
This calculation of how we spend our time completely connects to our quality of life. So I challenge you to put yourself on an “idea diet” over the next 30 days. Devote 80% of your waking time each day to engaging in ideas, 10% to debating events and 10% to discussing people.
You have the power to improve the quality of your life by shifting how you spend your time. Start today and give yourself the gift of a truly transformed life.
Here’s to earning what you’re worth!
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JASON FORREST (two time Stevie Award winner – 2014 Silver Stevie Award for sales training program of the year, and 2013 Gold Stevie Award for sales training or education leader of the year) is an expert at creating high-performance sales organizations through sales training programs, management training programs, and cultural awareness training. He addresses beliefs (not just behaviors) to increase sales, develop leaders, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest believes in both the art and science of the sales process. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on beliefs, not just behaviors.
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