Given that I am a huge Patriots fan, I can’t help but correlate my work on ONE HOUR with the Super Bowl win. Normally, there is only ONE HOUR of play for Super Bowls. Thanks though to the Patriots and their determination, the Super Bowl was extended beyond ONE HOUR for the first time. But, each team recognized that it is never over until it’s over and that every minute of the ONE HOUR matters. That is exactly the same respect we should have for time and our goals.
Once I saw a card that showed a confused woman with all kinds of new exercise clothes. She couldn’t figure out why they weren’t working because after all, she bought the exercise clothes! That’s kind of how we treat our goals. (That is definitely how I treat my housecleaning.) We buy all of the tools, and we magically expect the work to get done. We set the goal, but why isn’t it happening?
The key ingredient is that we need to take the TIME to work on our goals. Despite specific goals, the daily goal is to be happy, right? We have to dance a delicate balancing act between what makes us happy in the short-term and long-term. Eating that donut definitely makes me happy in the short-term, but long-term…
Baby steps forward are still steps forward. That’s why I want everyone to travel to OH. Yes, OH is Ohio, but it’s also my acronym for ONE HOUR. Take ONE HOUR dedicated to your long-term happiness. We have to match time to our goals. In order to ensure my success with my goals, I also need to have fun while doing my goals. I have to find the joy in my goal. So, I like to dedicate ONE HOUR to being happy. Ideally, there should be a HAPPY HOUR every day for ourselves, but start out with dedicating ONE HAPPY HOUR each week. What do you do where time just disappears for you? Alcohol stole the term Happy Hour, but an hour dedicated to our happiness doesn’t have to involve drinking at all. I’d like everyone to have a Happy Hour doing what really makes them long-term happy. For me, that usually involves something with crafts, but make it your own hour. Picture your future self, and determine if you’ll look back on today happy with how you spent today’s happy hour. Now, like the Patriots, go make every minute count. Happy Happy Hour. Tell me how you spent your hour being happy!