While most of the inspirational posts around us keep talking about the importance of living today and not just dreaming about a better future, many of us are still confused about how do we do this? How do we leverage our today – so that the better tomorrow can be experienced and built today itself.
Here are some thoughts around this:
- Don’t Ignore your Personal Challenges, Resolve Them: In order to make our today better, its important to be aware of where we need to be and what needs to be done to eventually reach there. Small daily improvements per day lead to spectacular results. Understanding that there are things you need to work on, is growth. Striving for continuous improvement – instead of just dreaming for success to fall in your laps or faking perfection – is enlightenment. Even if you can strive for 1% improvement in your daily targets, you are bringing your better tomorrow closer to you. So be open – to know yourself better. Try to understand the ‘Why’ behind the things you think and you do – and commit yourself to make each day, each moment better than what it was when you met it.
- Dream Big. Start Small. Begin Now: Don’t wait for all the things to fall in place before you start. Make your every day count and even if you can start small, begin your work towards a better future, now. As Robin Sharma says, “Don’t wait till you’re successful to work on your optimism. Work on your optimism today and you’ll become lot more successful.” Remember – even God has a dream for you, and you’re not here to just keep waiting, you’re here to grow yourself daily to reveal the character that he has dreamnt for you.
- Don’t waste time doubting yourself: Life is too short to spend just contemplating and wondering whether we can take that big leap. Just go for it. Its better to fail and learn, than sitting on the fence and repenting later on the not doing the craziest things you ever wanted to. As C Joybell, author of the book Sun is Snowing, says, “You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don’t know it, all of that doesn’t even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It’s not like you have forever, so don’t waste any of your seconds, don’t throw even one of your moments away.”
- Plan to win: Maintain your planning journal. Get into the habit of writing ‘Three Most Important Things to achieve the Next Day’ before you go for sleep every night. This simple exercise will make your day more effective and purposeful – and would help ourselves keeping us away from some of the self-sabotage practices that we often get into – including lethargy to get into action, procrastination and natural resistance to move out of the comfort zones.
- Be Mindful: As famous philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh says,”Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.” Breathe. Try to make your aware of every moment. Being mindful will not just help you to concentrate better and fully deploy your energies in a focused manner to a given task, it will also help you to handle your stresses and thoughts more objectively.
Make your Todays count!
As Pope Paul VI says, “Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows“