Words from Dic(tionary)
Afternoon: (n) the time from noon or lunchtime to evening.
Here’s a secret: life is about uncovering your delusions and quietly correcting them before they smack you in the face.
All of us are delusional.
The difference between success and failure is whether you acknowledge your delusion, hunt down these little pieces of silliness in your soul and extract them before they diminish your true opportunities.
Let us deal with the delusion of “afternoon.”
An interesting quandary: lots of people hate the morning, insisting they aren’t “morning people,” and also would not consider doing anything in the evening, since it’s their “free time.” So they put tremendous pressure on the afternoon, when they have the least amount of energy and possibilities, and the fewest contacts with people who are awake and ready to indulge in commerce.
Can there be a worse time to do business than from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.? Successful people already started the ball rolling in the morning, and those who love the evening hours approach the afternoon as if it WERE morning.
You find yourself in a no man’s land.
Now, you can feel free to disagree with this assessment, and some of you probably will. But here’s what I have found to be intelligent: whether you like it or not, the morning is when things happen. If you get over the delusion that you cannot function in those early, waking hours, you can learn to take your day on and use the afternoon in a more Mexican light.
Use it for a siesta.
Since most people slow down after lunch because of high blood sugar and general fatigue, as much as you can, try to bring less importance to the afternoon and more value to it as personal time.
For instance, I take a nap.
Having risen early in the morning to write, do commerce and take care of personal affairs, after lunch I allow myself the great delight of snuggling and snoozing. When I arise in the late afternoon, I am ready for a second bout with the day, usually involving more time with friends and family.
If you live for the night you will become a vampire and suck out your own blood.
But if you live for the afternoon, you will wonder why there isn’t much business or activity going on.
If you live for the morning, you will overcome your fear of scrambled eggs and find that there are many other people, industrious in nature and wise in discovery … who will meet you there.