Essential Steps to Mastering Time: Defining Success to Navigate Life’s Chaos

Time mastery goes beyond simply managing time; it involves understanding the core of your desires and aligning your goals to fulfill your defined version of success.

As Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Plans are useless, but planning is everything.” The “Define Success”chapter in Legacy founder Robert Heath, Sr.’s book, Thriving In Chaos, unravels the key steps to surviving the uncertainty and succeeding through an effective time mastery system.

What Does Time Mastery Implicate?

Understanding and defining what success truly means to you forms the bedrock of effective time management.

This initial step challenges you to look beyond societal expectations and discover your own desires and goals. It’s about finding clarity in what you want to achieve, free from external pressures.

How Do You Define Success?

  • Self-Awareness — Using tools such as personality assessments can gain valuable insights into their strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. Websites like can be a starting point.
  • Intuition Training — Reconnecting with one’s intuition is paramount. Meditation and deep reflection can help you uncover your true calling.
  • Intentional Goal-setting — Commit to articulating what you truly want out of life.

How to Overcome External Conditioning?

To make a meaningful shift towards internal validation, we must exercise our “intuition muscles,” which society has made us neglect. Exercise and master your natural ability to your ability to hear God’s voice and be comfortable acting upon what you hear.

“Your desire for any good thing… is God’s proof to you, sent beforehand, that it is yours already.” —Denzel Washington.

This encapsulates the belief that your aspirations and dreams predate your rightful destiny.

Why Moving Goalposts is Dangerous?

Feeling like you’re always chasing the next goal without satisfaction? This is a sign of what’s called the Expectancy Gap. It’s when you’re caught in a cycle of negativity because you’re focused on the gap between your current state and your aspirations.

The Expectancy Gap leads to:

  • Perpetual dissatisfaction.
  • Negative feedback loop.
  • Lack of achievement recognition.
  • Demotivation.
  • Burnout.

Shift your focus to the Reverse Gap, which means valuing the progress you’ve already made while still looking forward to your goals. It’s important to celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. This creates a positive cycle that recognizes and motivates you based on the successes you’ve already accomplished.

How to Look Ahead and Thrive in Chaos?

Time mastery isn’t just about organizing your schedule—it’s about aligning every day with your deeper purpose, setting the stage for a transformative journey.

  • Beyond Goal-Setting: Becoming a Time Master transcends typical goal-setting. It’s a comprehensive strategy to redefine your life, acknowledging your distinct contribution to the world.
  • Harness Your Potential: Follow the principles in Thriving In Chaos to tap into your full potential, weaving your aspirations seamlessly into the fabric of your daily life.
  • Aim for a Purposeful Future: Commit to this path to navigate towards a life marked by purposeful achievements and meticulous time management.

Embrace this holistic path to not just manage time but to live intentionally, making each moment a step towards a more fulfilling future.

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“Thriving in Chaos” by Robert A. Heath, Sr.
Chapter 3: “Step 1 – Define Success”