Want better results?
Start with being conscious of 1) HOW you are spending your time and; 2) WHO you are spending it with. To illustrate this simple axiom, we can look to a bug that takes the phrase “seize the day” quite literally.
There is a great short story from author John Michalak. John mediates on the abrupt lifecycle of the Mayfly. The Mayfly is an aquatic insect that develops for an extra long time and hatches as a fully formed adult nearly a year later (not necessarily in May as their name implies).
But here’s the sad truth: Once these Mayfly adults hatch, they proceed to live life in warp speed: They find a mate, lay eggs and die. All in the same short day. That’s it. These long incubating insects simply hatch, live and die ALL in just one day. We may think of this abbreviated lifespan as sad and tragic. After all, they spend nearly 12 months developing only to get a tiny fraction of that time back in life.
But what makes Michalak’s assertion so powerful is the question he poses: What if the Mayfly’s life isn’t so tragic?
Perhaps, Michalak muses, it chooses to fly, to love and to leave it’s legacy because it knows that all it has is the present. It, in fact, MUST make the most of what it is given.
What a powerful lesson for all of us. A teaching moment that can be applied to both our work, as well as our lives outside of work. How we spend our time and who we hang out with matters. Spend your time doing what will get you the best results and hang out with the people who can help you get there. Remember to help them get where they want to go as well.
Live every day like it was your first. With curiosity, enthusiasm and wonderment. And live every day like it was your last. With appreciation, respect and contentment.