“Better to be an hour early than a minute late.” – Dr. Rick Rigsby
You’ve got big plans for this life. Dreams of where you will live, what you will do and who you will share your life with. In your mind, it’s clear as a sunny day. But in this moment, you are stuck. You need to rise up – at school, work or in in your relationship – but you cannot seem to get out of the doghouse. Maybe you need to set an alarm.
Everyone finds their journey derailed at some point. Usually by our own doing, we end up in someone’s doghouse. It seems like we are always battling from behind. At times we wonder if we’ll ever be able to climb out of the box. We might feel we are being singled out or that others are not respecting us. Is this you?
One of the fundamental keys to success in life is respecting others. We start showing respect for others by being time. It is one of the first impressions we make on others. Being late is a fast track to the doghouse. If you want to rise above the ranks, start by being on time. Even better – be early. Growing up in Wisconsin, we called it “Lombardi time.” If you weren’t 15 minutes early, you were late!
It may seem daunting, but there is a simple solution that has worked for centuries. It’s call an alarm clock. Here are four simple tips to flip the script and get out of the proverbial doghouse:
- Decide to respect others by respecting their time.
- Take action and set your alarm early enough to allow yourself to arrive early.
- Get up – so simple, yet so hard for some. When the alarm goes off, put your feet on the floor.
- Get going – the puck is not in the net until is crosses the goal line and you are not on time until you are in your place with time to spare.
One simple change can alter the trajectory of your life. When you show up early, you demonstrate that you are a person of character that can be counted on to get things done. In the eyes of others, your stock will rise and you will find yourself with opportunities that used to seem beyond your reach. Your ability to live a life of choice will only be limited by your ability to dream.
No one ever missed an opportunity because they were early.
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