There is a significant difference between how elite performers use time, compared to the average person.
Depending on which research you read, the average person spends about 20% to 30% of their thinking time revisiting the past – often with regret or blame. They also spend about 15% to 20% of their thinking time in the future – often with fear, anxiety, or maybe just wishful thinking.
That means they only spend about 50% to 65% of their time in the present, really focused on what is happening right now. Yet that is all we have available to us to influence – the present moment.
Elite performers also visit the past, but they go there to get the lessons and they leave the emotional baggage behind. They also only spend about 10% to 15% of their thinking time in the past.
They visit the future to visualise success, set goals and make plans. They spend about 10% of their time in the future.
Then they bring all the lessons of the past and plans for the future into the present and spend about 80% of their time executing – taking targeted action.
The hidden dimensions of the present is that it starts and ends right now. Now is the only time we have. The present is the only time we have available to us that is manageable. That we can directly impact.
As you lead your business, where do you spend most of your time? In the past, the present or the future? And do you spend that time above the line, getting the lessons, making plans and executing, or, do you spend it below the line, in regret, apathy and fear?