Live For Today, Plan For Tomorrow

When I was a kid, I used to always get a new pair of shoes at the start of the school year. I got a pair at some point throughout the school year as well, but the back-to-school kicks were always the best because EVERYBODY tried to shine on that first day. Problem for me was, I never could wait until the first day of school to wear my new sneakers. I dreaded the thought of something happening to me before then and never being able to enjoy them. Yes, I said dreaded. I know this sounds a little crazy, but it is only now that I realize how much I’ve always had this mentality of “living in the moment.”

This is something that holds me back a lot now. I find that while I am constantly trying to plan for tomorrow, it is difficult for me to execute on my plans because I am too focused on the right now. As a result, I am constantly stuck in “planning mode.” If I were a betting man, I’d say that a lot of people probably suffer from this problem as well. A solution that I have found is to always take some sort of action towards something after making a plan. This means that if you’ve been planning on updating your LinkedIn page, do something towards that goal right now. Same thing with your business. Don’t just create a marketing plan and file it for future use. In fact, a good marketing plan should include action items that you can do daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly. This may sound like a lot, but the whole idea behind this process is to create a roadmap for you to accomplish your long-term goals in small steps.
The toughest part for me is remaining focused throughout the entire process. A lot of times I even lose motivation and sight of why it was that I set a particular goal for myself in the first place. This is why I have to write things down and keep small notes around me. In today’s world, with so many distractions hiding around every corner, it is imperative that you find a way to stay focused and determined. Set alarms for yourself every day to remind you that you’re supposed to be working on something. Block out distracting sites from your browser. Do whatever it is that you have to do, just make sure that you don’t stop until you’ve succeeded in what you set out to do.
I am getting better at living in the moment while planning for the future. Am I where I want to be yet? Not even close. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will my legacy. Don’t get me wrong, it is not that I am not content with my life, as I very much appreciate where I am right now. Rather, I feel like I have a purpose that’s greater than me and that the only way for me to fulfill it is by being proactive and constantly improving myself so that I can be of greater value for others. So, regardless of what your goals may be, just make sure that you enjoy the journey and don’t worry about it having to happen right now. Just make sure you take a step towards them every day.

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