Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
– Alan Lakein

It is so interesting to me that we spend so much time living in the past or dreaming of the future.  Why is it that we so easily give our power away by being so enthralled by either the past or the future?

Let me ask you, how do you spend your days?  Not, how do you think you spend it, but how do you actually spend it.  Where is your mind, your thoughts, while you are going through your daily activities?  Are you focused and committed to everything you do?  Or are you spending a lot of your day thinking about what has happened to you up to this point?  Or, are you waiting for something to happen, for the right opportunity to come along, to get some more time, make some more money, meet the right person?  Are you dreaming of what might happen next week, next month, next year?  If you are, STOP IT!

Stop Giving Your Power Away

Each and every day you are given a gift.  It is time for you to value each and every moment.  We are given 24 hours every day, no more, no less.  The clock is ticking and there are no second chances.  You cannot get time back once it has passed.  What is it that you choose to do with each 24 hours you have been given?  Are you just letting life happen and let it pass you by?  

This is the moment for you to decide to take control.  Stop rushing around.  Savor each and every moment as it happens.  Take note of everything around you.  Be in the moment as it happens.  Listen to the sounds of life, observe the people around you, see the leaves on the trees and the buds on the shrubs, the spring flowers peeping out or the snow on the branches.  Don’t miss what is happening now in your world.

Treat Each Moment As If It Is Special

How would you act if this were the last moment of your life?  Would this change the way you see the world around you?  Treat everyone you meet with care, kindness, and understanding.  Communicate clearly.  Make every encounter with another person important.  Give others respect, admiration, and courtesy and you will attract the same.  

Do everything that you are doing to the best of your ability.  Make only commitments you can deliver.  Trust yourself to say and do the right thing.  Be more, do more, demand and expect more from yourself.  Focus on what needs to be done now, on results.  Prioritize your time – don’t waste it.  See every challenge or problem as a chance to grow.

Live Your Life On Purpose

Live your life on purpose, not by accident. The past – it’s over with and should be nothing but a fading memory. The future – it simply hasn’t happened yet and things you do today, now, are likely to have an impact on that future. Don’t compare your present situation to anything else – accept it for what it is and make the most of it – or decide to take action now if it is not the present you want.

Acknowledge that nothing will improve unless you do something about it. Be happy. Don’t wait for events or other people to make you happy. Have some fun! Start enjoying your life – now, today. Start doing things you enjoy or try something different. Keep your sense of humor, your sense of fun. Think ‘This is my day of opportunity!’ – every day! Seize and enjoy every moment. Every morning is a fresh beginning. What are you waiting for?