What are you doing with your day?
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. – Will Rogers, humorist
Every day can be a masterpiece. And every ‘today’ starts to build your tomorrow.
So how do you start?
Focus on things that move you forward
Sadly I see far too many people using up today living in the past, worrying about past mistakes, events and failures. We get what we focus on. Yesterday is finished, it ended last night. What are you going to focus on today that moves you forward?
Your past shapes you, but it doesn’t define you
I have been blessed to have had a lot of success over the years, but I’ve also had many major life events that would be considered tragedies, any one of which has been known to affect people for a lifetime. I’ve been in dark places so I know what it is like to be there, but I’ve also used my journey to grow, and to let those events make me stronger and wiser. I’ve learned that those events don’t have to define you…they may shape you but they don’t have to define you. You choose what defines you as a person.
And it starts with what you do today.
Your choices are what define you
You can’t change the past. But you can take responsibility for the choices you make now, instead of blaming those choices on past events. If we dwell on the negative, we take on that energy. We also have the power to turn that around and turn it into a motivator.
One small difference
There is a story about twins who grew up in a terrible in environment. Their parents were drug users, alcoholic and abusive and the family was poor, living in a dangerous area. Similar genetics, similar environment. Yet one twin ended up in bad shape out on the streets, and the other became a very successful professional. These twins ended up in a study of nature versus nurture. The twin who was a homeless drug addict was asked the question: How did you end where you are?
He answered, “Well, given my background, how could you expect me to be anywhere else?”
They asked the successful twin the same question: How did you end up where you are?
His answer, ironically, was the same. “Given my background, how could you expect me to be anywhere else?”
One twin used it as an excuse to stay in his circumstances, and the other used it for a motivator to get out. This small difference in thinking created a massive difference in outcome.
How do you start?
What choices are you making? Life is for living forward, not backward. It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday. Start with today and make it a masterpiece…your vision of the person you are growing into and the changes you want to see in the world.
Write down the values that are important to you and live by them to the best of your abilities today.
Each morning, reread your values and pick one thing to focus on for that day.
Don’t let your circumstances tell you who you are. Stand up and decide that for yourself.