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by David DeFord

A common response I receive when I talk with people about actively pursuing their goals is, I just dont have the time right now. Im too busy.

So how do those who do live their dreams find the time?

Would 182 extra hours help? Would those extra hours of pursuing your goals help you reach them?

If you add one half hour of goal pursuit to your day, you will gain 182 hours to your year. Obviously, you cant switch to a 24 hour day. But you can squeeze in an extra half hour.

Here are some suggestions:
  • Leave your bed earlier
  • Stay up later
  • Reduce your television time
  • Sacrifice one activity of lesser importance
  • Work on your goals at lunchtime

Some dead time that you could fill with planning or activities are:

  • Your commute
  • Waiting for appointments
  • Meetings where your involvement is limited

No one can follow all of these suggestions; but by selecting one or two, you can easily add a half hour of goal pursuit to your day.

Think of the impact on your life if you add 182 hours to each year over the course of ten years. Would 1820 extra hours make a difference?

Wishing alone will never get you to your desired destination. Only purposeful action will get you there.

Minor adjustments yield major results.


The difference between what we do, and what we are capable of doing, would solve most of the worlds problems. Mahatma Gandhi

To reach a goal you have never before attained, you must do things you have never before done. Richard G. Scott

The antidote to worry is purposeful action. Brian Tracy

Growth means change, and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown. George Shinn

You can't hope for the best. You have to do the best. Dusty Baker

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