The most valuable skill or talent that you could ever develop is that of directing your thoughts toward what you want—to be adept at quickly evaluating all situations and then quickly coming to the conclusion of what you most want—and then giving your undivided attention to that. There is a tremendous skill in deliberately directing your own thoughts that will yield results that cannot be compared with results that mere action can provide.
Since you only need 17 seconds of attention to begin to energize a vibration, this gives good insight into why meditation can be so valuable. Here's a nice one from the Extraordinary You series done by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey http://TransformingReality.com/wonderfulyou.mp3
Make it a Happy New Year!!