Back to the Future, but Remember Today!
Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 by bgoad in Blog
Before we can move forward, we have to restore broken family relationships, pay off debt, regain our health, or rebuild the trust of a boss. On account of poor decisions that we made yesterday, we’re forced to be reactive rather than proactive.
Preparing – Repairing
Lets you focus on today – Makes you focus on yesterday
Increases efficiency – Consumes time
Increases confidence – Breeds discouragement
Saves money – Increases costs
Pays now for tomorrow – Pays now for yesterday
Takes you to a higher level – Becomes an obstacle to growth
If I could shadow you for 24-hours on a typical day and observe your routine, I could tell you, with over 90% certainty, whether you’ll be repairing the past or enjoying your future 10 years from now. At first blush, that claim may sound overconfident or entirely too premature. However, I’ve found that the secret of our success is determined by our daily agendas. We cannot escape the weight of our habits and patterns of behavior. The only hope for changing our lives is to change something we do daily.
In life, we can either play now and pay later, or pay now and play later. Either way, we have to pay. However, if we choose the easy route now, and delay making good decisions and developing sound habits until later, then the price of the payment rises. On the other hand, good decisions are like good investments; they compound over time. The earlier in life we make them, the better off we’ll be.
Today may seem like an ordinary day, but where we end up in life largely depends on how we spend our ordinary days. Our behavior today can either prepare us for an amazing future or shatter our world so that tomorrow is spent putting the pieces back together and making repairs. What changes do you need to make today so that, instead of continually patching up the past, you can get back to the future?