The one thing to improve your life is to be on time for all appointments. Making the effort to be on time, it will have a cascading effect in your life.
Vince Lombardi who led the Green Bay Packers to three straight and five NFL Championship is famous for his so-called Lombardi Time.
Lombardi expects all his players to be 15 minutes meeting, practices and even the bus. If the players did not arrive 15 minutes early. The players are considered “late”. Thus the name Lombardi Time.
How does being early improve a person’s life? In fact, it is everything!
It is a sign of respect to others. You have an appointment to meet up three friends for dinner. You are five minutes late. What you have wasted is not five minutes but a total of 15 minutes of your friend’s life. Being late is a form of bad manners. You are telling the other person that you are not respecting their time. You can shower your loved ones with gifts and meals. The best gift is being respectful for their time. You have promised your children that you will be home on time that evening? Do it. You will put a smile on the children’s face.
It is a sign of self-respect. If you are constantly late and drag yourself through a series of mad dash because you are late; you probably do not have a lot of respect towards yourself. Why make yourself suffer? Respect yourself by being on time. Sleep at the right time. Wake up at the right time. Eat at the right time. Your body and your emotions will thank you.
It is a sign of self-discipline. Being on time needs discipline. Being on time means you have to watch your time and your activities. It is a form of training. By being on time, you have to put effort to manage all aspects of your life. So that you can get to your appointment without delay. The funny cat video on YouTube looks very tempting? No, you cannot watch it. You have to finish your task at hand and attend to the next task or appointment.
People will notice you. People will take notice that when you are never or hardly late. This becomes your brand and reputation. People talk about it and your personal brand can only improve. Being associated with a positive trait is far better than a negative one. You will gain the respect and admiration from others.
You set the standard. We are the average five people that we hang out with. If you set the bar high enough. Your friends will soon follow. The person who is always late will either step up or drop out from your circle. Why? You are living the higher standard. You will not lower yourself. And you will attract more good people into your life.
You get things done. To be on time, you cannot procrastinate. You have to get your things done. If you procrastinate, you will run out of time and you will be late. You will prioritise so that you can go to your next appointment without fearing to be late.
You remain cool and calm. Notice that you will only break into a sweat or nervous when you are late. If you are on time, you will always be as cool as a cucumber. Being cool and calm, you will be able to think clearly and make rational decisions. Decision made when you are in a hurry sometimes end in regret. More time and effort needed to undo the damage.
I am guilty of being late almost all the time. So if you feel bad that you fail to be punctual. We are only human. But please make a real effort. Life is a journey. We do not know when we have to check out. The only thing that we can do is to make use of all the time that is allocated to us.
So if there is one change to improve your life. Make sure you are on time.