The actions we take today are the foundations of our future. We create our own future, that is to say, we reap what we sow. We are the architects of our own life, and the future that awaits us, is the future we are creating now. Therefore, in order to have the life we have imagined, there is something we need to remember: Our future starts today!
The reality is that none of us know what is going to happen in our future, but the actions we take in our present can give us an idea of how our future is going to look like. It is simple as that, what we do today or what we cease to do has a consequence in our life. We create with every action we take our future, therefore, it depends on us to create today what we want to experience tomorrow.
Normally we get surprised when life suddenly punches us in our face with the truth. The truth about that life has gone quickly and our reality is far from being the one that we have ever dreamed of. That is the moment when we ask ourselves – What have I done all my life? How can I be in this situation now when I wanted something different for my life? What has gone wrong? Well my friend, you have been very busy doing something else rather than being focused in creating the life you have always imagined
“The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
The problem is that we see our future as something distant to us, but is not. Life goes quickly, very quickly, and if we are not careful we could end up living a life that is far from the one in our dreams. To avoid that, we have to focus in the life that we want, and take the right actions in order to create it, and we have to start today, not tomorrow, not the day after tomorrow, but today. The problem is that we usually leave everything for tomorrow, because we do not realize how close our future is, but in fact it starts today, and with every little action we are creating our own destiny.
Everything that you want to achieve in your future requires you to take a certain action in your present. It might be tough, hard and unpleasant, but if you really want to get to the place where you want to get, you will have to take those necessary actions in order to triumph. Our future is unknown, but we can do everything we can in order to create the life that we want, or we can leave everything to chance and see what happens.
“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Do you want to get that degree you really want and become the person you imagine? Well, start today, study, work hard and create today the person you want to become. Do you want to be successful? Do not act as a loser expecting one day to become successful. Be successful now, make the actions that will make you a successful person. Do you want to have your own business? Perfect! Work hard today and take all the necessary actions until you make it a reality. If you want something tomorrow, you will have to make something today that will push you closer to what you want. It is what you do today what defines your future.
What I’m saying here is that you shouldn’t worry about your future, I mean, if you are creating the life that you want, why worry then? We have to live in the present knowing that our future starts today. Focus your mind in the present moment, enjoy every single minute of your life, but at the same time create today the life you would like to experience tomorrow. Don’t gamble with your life, don’t let everything to chance, don’t create today a life from which you will regret in your future.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa
What you are doing today is leading you to the place where you want to get or are you merely drifting? What you are doing today is helping you to achieve what you really want? Be honest with yourself and answer this question – Are you working in your goals and dreams or are you too busy doing less important things? It’s a yes or no question. Answers like “sometimes”, “maybe”, “I don’t have time”, “I don’t have money” are not allowed. If the answer is yes – Congratulations! Keep moving forward! But if the answer is no, you can either continue like that and see what your future holds, or you can start by creating the future you want now with no excuses, no delays, no distractions.
Life is like the book “Choose your own story”, you are writing your own book, and you create your own ending by the decisions you take and actions you make. Life can be sometimes unpredictable and some circumstances are unavoidable, but we are the creators of the major part of our lives. Choose to create now the future you dream!
What’s the secret to beginning a movement? To launching something revolutionary and world-changing? To getting your business idea launched?
Start today, not tomorrow. Don’t wait for the world to change. Change. The. World.
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Here are some words from Julien Smith that recently challenged me:
There isn’t a single thing in this world that’s made better by starting tomorrow.
Everything you care about, everything you are about, needs to begin today or it may never happen.
If you don’t want to do it now, you clearly don’t want it bad enough.
I hate it when someone calls my bluff. Don’t you?
The world can’t be changed by those who don’t act. It’s basic physics.
As my friend Ken says, “A body in motion tends to stay in motion, and a body at rest tends to rest in peace.”
If you’re not moving, you’re dead. Please don’t be dead. We need you fully alive.
Tomorrow never comes
What’s something that you’ve put off doing till tomorrow? Did you really do it? I didn’t think so.
Here is a list of things I said I’d do tomorrow:
- Clean the house
- Go for a jog
- Start dieting
- Write a book proposal
- Be kinder to my wife
- Read more books
- Be more productive
- Fix my computer
- Donate to a nonprofit
Many of those I pledged to start months ago. All with the same promise: Eh, I’ll do that tomorrow.
Face it: Tomorrow never comes. You only ever have today. Embrace it for what it is, or surrender to a life of regret and mediocrity.
What have you been putting off indefinitely? What’s been thrown into the endless void of “I’ll do that tomorrow”? Stop lying to yourself. Really what you’ll mean is: I’ll never have time for that.
I hate to tell you this, but there are no “Best Intentions” awards at the end of your life. It’s now or never.
It’s time to act
It doesn’t have to be like this, you know. You have a choice.
You can do that thing… today. Not tomorrow. Not in a month. Right now.
If it’s worth the effort, you shouldn’t wait. If it’s not, then simply tell the truth: I don’t want that badly enough.
Whatever you do, I hope you begin.
Build momentum. Overcome Resistance. Break free of laziness and malaise. Do something.
You’ll feel better about yourself once you’ve started. Trust me. It gets easier as you go.
Starting is hard
It requires courage and perseverance and all kinds of gumption. That’s why most people simply talk about it, but never do it. That’s why it’s the hard part.
But starting is necessary. It’s crucial to making your mark and leaving a legacy.
I dare you to begin. (And then tomorrow, do it all over again.)
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If you need help, check out this book: The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki (Affiliate link)
What’s something you need to start today?
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