I went for a few beers last weekend and saw an old mate from School. He was sat in the same corner of the same boozer that he had been in since I started drinking …. aged 18 of course! So, last week, being my 38th Birthday, in a way made it a good 20 year anniversary that he had been top dog of the same spot. This guy is a good friend and always brings a smile to my face. It’s always good to see him, have a chat about the old days, a game of pool and a pint or two.

As the pints flowed so did the conversation and like most people seem to these days he asked me, ‘What you up to now then?’  I explained I had a lot going on and what I did, although I was more interested in what he was up to (This was a guy from school, who was a clever kid and got great grades). Well, that’s when he started to tell me that he was still working at the same factory since leaving school, although he had a brilliant idea which was going to make him millions! I was gutted to hear this, as it was the same idea he had and told me all about over 20 years ago…

In fact, I’ve heard his idea (which by the way I think is BRILLIANT) about a thousand times now and he has heard my reply, ‘It’s only going to become a reality if you get off your arse and do something about it,’ to which this time he actually said something different, ‘Don’t worry, I’m not making excuses anymore. I have a five year plan in place!’

Now, don’t get me wrong, a plan is great, we all need a plan. But a FIVE YEAR PLAN?! In which other part of life is it acceptable to take five years to do something? Really? Five years? No way! We aren’t building Rome! And really, who wants to know what they will be doing in five years?

I couldn’t help but hide my shock in the fact that it had taken him 20 years to do something and then what he had done was in fact give himself another five years!? I made a point of leaving the chat there and picked him up early the next morning and brought him to my house for breakfast. I told him that we could start his plan in the next five minutes, to which he replied, ‘Well, it’s all right for you…’ which is where I stopped him, to remind him of where I started in life and only ever got anywhere by applying myself and making things happen. We argued for about 50 minutes and then we started his plan in the next five and I mentored him for the next five days. He is over the moon with the progress he has made so far and things are looking great for him and his new business.

The thing is, we all have one thing in common, time. Regardless of our age, background, financial situation, we all have 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week and 365 days in a year. All seven billion of us on planet earth have the same amount of time every day, so make it count. Not one of us knows when our time is up, so honestly, forget the five year plan and here’s to my plan…’The five minute plan.’ It’s real simple, do something in the next five minutes that will change your life. Something you hate? Change it right now; something you have always wanted to do? Apply for the opportunity right now; someone you have always wanted to connect with? Connect with them right now! Do it right now. Apply yourself. Make the call. Send the email.

Okay, I better let you go now as you have five minutes to change your life!

You can make excuses or you can make money and opportunities, the choice is yours?

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