Today will always be the most important day of your life. There is no way around this fact. You can only do and act today. Unfortunately, we can’t go back in time to change anything. The future can’t be changed, and we don’t know the events that will unfold.
I see so many people beating themselves up for things that happened in the past. Rethinking the events and analyzing why the outcome happened as it did. Whether it was a successful or failed event, let it go, nothing can be done to change circumstances that lead to that page in your story book.
Then you have those that try to predict the future. Digging deep in their past to frame their outlook with the influence of past occurrences in their lives. I will fail because I always do. Victory is mine to take, I have always been better than anyone ells, their ego takes control. Leave the past alone and only reference it to achieve wisdom to make better decisions in the present moment. Only envision a future that will help change your mindset in the present.
Let me make this very clear, what you do today will always shape tomorrow and the rest of your life.
Today is the most important day of your life. Nothing will change that. The actions that you set in motion today, will forever change any possible outcome for tomorrow. The decisions taken today are in no way influenced by past events. Not because you didn’t get that raise, the same result will happen when you ask today.
The concept that today is the most important day of our lives is difficult to understand. Many see today as merely a passage to the next day. Without thinking twice about what they do in the present moment. I say difficult because we’re usually happy with our days. We don’t reflect on what we did. We just go to bed and wake up the next day to unconsciously repeat the same actions. I sometimes question the people close to me regarding how their day went. The answer if often a generic one, I had a great day. What makes a great day? We don’t ask ourselves this question often enough.
To better establish and reflect what happens during your day, here are three tips I recommend you do each night before going to bed.
Tip #1 What did you do today?
Write everything you did today. I mean each and everything that happened. What you ate for breakfast. What you did at work. Each time you scrolled through Facebook, each cat video you watched. What books you read and how many pages. Did you exercise, what did you do and for how long. What you ate all day. Don’t leave anything out. From the moment you got up to the time you complete this list. Everything’s important to note.
Tip #2 Classify the good and the bad.
Go over your list and circle in green, the actions that will create a better life for yourself. A life that you will enjoy and is aligned with your core values. Next, circle in red the actions that didn’t produce any positive results for you. Events that had no effect even if they wouldn’t have happened in your day. Actions that wasted your time and had no productive outcome. Activities that didn’t help create a better life and weren’t aligned with your goals.
Tip #3 Establish what will create positive or negative change.
Look at what was circled, and the colour used. Pay close attention to everything you circled in red. This is where we waste so much time. These actions don’t bring any value and some of them generate a negative outcome. This is a place you can make a conscious decision not to do this anymore. This is where positive changes occur. And everything in green is what you want to repeat as often as you can. The walk you took and the book you read will create a better mind and body. The smiles you gave enlightened the day of the people you crossed paths with. You control your decisions. You control the outcomes.
Do this for the next couple of weeks and you will start to identify your time wasters and your game changers. You will get up in the morning with a very different outlook on life. You will see the upcoming day as a gift. Time wasters will slowly disappear. By the time your head hits the pillow, a sense of total accomplishment will sweep over you. The events of the day will be a thing of the past ready to hang on the walls of your life. Your eyes will close to the prelude of a new canvas waiting for your hand to paint the landscape you desire.
Look at today as a blank canvas waiting with anticipation to receive the colours you will paint on its surface. The colours that you chose, and the brush strokes you decide to apply, will create a unique masterpiece that you control the outcome. All these masterpieces created each and daily, are hanging in your personal museum, your life. Perfectly framed in a glass box for everyone to see and no one to touch or alter, not even you.
What will hang on the walls of your museum?