2-seconds, 4-seconds or 12-seconds

August 24, 2017

In one of my recent posts, I shared my experience of getting my motorcycle license.  There was so much that I took from that experience, that I’m here to share another piece of gold with you! 
During the course one of the things that is burned into your memory is looking ahead 2-seconds, 4-seconds or 12-seconds.  What does that exactly mean?


  • 2-second following time and distance: This is a minimum when conditions are ideal and you are paying close attention ahead.

  • 4-second urgent time and distance: This helps you react properly to conditions, whether approaching an intersection, rounding a curve, or following another vehicle.

  • 12-second anticipation time and distance: Evaluate areas it would take you that long to reach. The idea is to have a big picture of the entire environment and to be aware of the overall traffic flow

Then it got me wondering, how does that apply to real life?  Are you looking at life 2 seconds, 4 seconds or 12 seconds ahead?  Consider this…

  • 2-seconds:  Paying attention to what’s right in front of you, when everything is ideal.

  • 4-seconds:  Paying attention to just what’s up ahead, allowing you to react with a sense of urgency…limited view, looking at the next vacation, the next due date at work

  • 12-seconds:  Creating your life by design, looking at what you want to create in the next year of your life, creating your vision and designing the map and taking action towards that vision

80% of us give up our New Year Resolution by February.*  That indicates to me that most of us are living with a view of 2-seconds…maybe 4 if we’re lucky.
I’m curious, what would be possible if you began living your life 12-seconds ahead?

  • Would your company be generating the gross income you actually desire?

  • Would you have the career you desire?

  • Would you be present in your relationships or be creating the relationship you are actually present in? 

  • Would you be taking care of yourself mind, body and spirit?

Living 12-seconds ahead creates all sorts of POSSIBILITIES!  So, what will you choose?  Do you choose to limit your possibilities?  Or begin CREATING SOMETHING NEW!
Believe in yourself, believe in others…what could that create?
*Source – Business Insider January 2017; http://www.businessinsider.com/new-years-resolutions-courses-2016-12/#exercise-more-often-1 


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