Your Hour of Power

Lots of people say these are tough times. Certainly, some tough things have been happening to good people. We have a choice as to how we respond: we can respond as if the sky is falling, or we can respond as if we have power to change the situation.

Regardless of what your situation currently is, what if you set aside one hour each day to do something about it? I know what you're thinking… where will you get this “extra” hour? You could take it away from watching television, from goofing off on the net, from gossiping and chit chatting with neighbors, you name it… but we could all probably find one hour. If we really, really wanted to.

Now, here's what to do with your extra hour per day:

  1. Exercise for 20 minutes.
  2. Read a positive, nonfiction, enriching book of some kind for 20 minutes.
  3. Make a real, one-on-one connection with another human being for 20 minutes. This could be a phone call, or a handwritten note-but not an e-mail, or “social media”. Go old school on this one.

What's the point?

If you do this every day for the next three months, you will be in better shape, you'll be better informed, and you'll be better connected than almost every single person you know. It won't guarantee you a win, but it almost certainly guarantees you'll be better off than if you didn't carve out that extra hour each day.

Something to think about.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at