Everything you want to be in life starts with what you do today, this day.
Today is a powerful change maker in our life story. What you do each today can make or break you, because a little time NOW compounds later. (Just like investing $)
Think about it:
If you eat a tub of Ice Cream Today, you’re not going to get fat. Eating bad one day won’t kill you.
BUT (< big but there :), eating bad today, and the next day and the next WILL add up over time and take its toll on your health (and neck rolls).
The same thing works in the positive direction — losing weight, gaining muscle (got swol?)
Authors don’t write a book in a day.
Entrepreneurs don’t create a successful runaway business overnight.
Musicians don’t become famous after one show.
But doing something — anything — every day? That’s going to add up to something extraordinary.
Why do we live (on average) to the ripe old age of 90 or beyond?
Life doesn’t happen at once either. (I came, I saw, I stood in lines, I died)
Life is iterative, which is why each iteration — each day — is vitally important.
By focusing on what you do, the next action/moment, and aligning that action to your priorities, you turn yourself into a powerful force of massive change.
The results you seek in life might not show up tomorrow, but by doing the work today, you’ve planted the seeds of its reality.
Renaissance Life Principle #2:
Small, Consistent Actions Lead to Big Change.
When we focus too much on the future or dwell too much on our past, we lose the ability to create change.
Living for today is about being aware of what is important to you, prioritizing those over filler or shiny objects, and pursuing them consistently.
Most people see time as a disadvantage or enemy:
“How did time fly so quickly?”
“I never have enough time…”
“There’s not enough time in the day…”
(I’m guilty of these and more.)
When you decide to pursue a Renaissance Life, time can become your ally. By working on your goals each day, even just a little bit (even so small it feels like you didn’t make any progress) and developing the patience to Keep Pursuing, your goals are basically inevitable.
Look, I know what some of you might be thinking, we can’t all walk on the moon, or be knighted by the Queen, (Sir Waggoner at your service), but we can create massive impact in our lives and in the lives of others by focusing on the little baby steps. Small actions create waves.
But what if today sucked? What if I miss a day (or week)? What if I failed miserably? What do I do then?
Failure, missteps, setbacks — they are part of the learning process. Look forward to the person you strive to be, take action immediately on your dreams, and you WILL be that person right now. Focus on the now, each second we are still breathing is a chance for us to make a change. Your fresh start comes the moment you decide to take create the change you wish to see. Take Small actions today!
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner