Time is ticking away one minute at a time, one day at a time, year after year.

I am sure there are things you have always wanted to do, if only you had more time, or if only you started a few years ago.

The time you have left in your life is a commodity you are a steward of. A steward isn’t the owner, just the manager. You can’t invest your time like you can in the stock market to gain more time.

You only have what you got.

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Image courtesy Sura Nualpradid/DigitalPhotos.net

You also don’t have control over your end date. The truth is, you are going to die someday. That date is unknown.

What you need to do is decide what you plan to do with the time you have left.

If you can grasp how little time you have left, it will be possible to seize that time for meaning.

When I stop for a minute and look back on my life and realize how quickly High School went by, how the first 5 years of marriage flew by or how fast my 2 year old is growing up, I begin to panic!

I experience this anxiety because I realize how speedily time moves and how much I want to accomplish in my life.

My daughter is only 2 years old for one year, this year, and then it will be gone forever. The people you lead today are in your life today only, because today is all we have.

What would you do if you only had 1 more year to live? That’s only 365 days, 8,760 hours.

I might sleep less. I may only work at things that will matter this year. I would spend more time with my family.

When you are forced to consider how little time you have left in your life, you are forced to make a list of your priorities.

Your priorities reflect what is most important to you. (Tweet this!)

If running marathons was the most important thing in your life and you only had 1 more year to live, you might try to run a few more this year than last.

If you know me, you know I just used that as an example! Running is a dragon I slay out of necessity.

When I look at my life and see how little time I have, it forces me to be more disciplined. I waste less time doing things that don’t have lasting significance.

The challenge here is to be disciplined with the time you have. Invest in your personal development and in those closest to you.

What can you do this week to seize the time you have left?