by: Staci Stallings
One of the biggest issues people face is not facing issues. And one of their most readily available ways of distracting themselves is not thinking in terms of TODAY.
We all know people who are stuck in the past. What he should have said. What she should have done or not done. Wish I could go back to… when the kids were little, before the kids, before the house, before college… etc. These people think in terms of “yesterday,” pining for a life that can never be again.
An equally destructive thought pattern is “tomorrow thinking.” I’ll start the diet on Monday. Next week when I get the bills paid… When we get the house paid off… When the kids get out of school… When the kids go back to school… When I get a new job…. When we retire…
I know. You have no idea what I’m talking about, right?
The problem with both of these thought patterns is they rob you of the power of today.
You don’t have tomorrow to work with (and you might never have tomorrow to work with). You cannot fix nor change the past.
What you have to work with is today.
Does that jar you? Does it scare you to think in terms of today? Is tomorrow much more hopeful or yesterday much safer?
Well, it’s time to break out of thinking that way because those are merely excuses that will keep you from making today all it needs to be.
People ask me a lot of times how I get so much done. With a husband, three kids, two schools, two businesses, a house, teaching Sunday School, volunteering, writing the blogs, marketing the books, publishing new books, writing more new ones, etc.–how do I not go completely insane?
I honestly think my secret is maximizing today. I do make lists of things that need to be done, but I don’t let that overwhelm me. I focus on right here, right now and do as much as I can in any given moment.
I’m not looking back and wishing it was yesterday or five years ago (though there certainly are things I could do that with). Nor do I look ahead much into what I want to do or be in the future. I’m too busy doing and being right now.
So for today, look at your thought patterns. Do you spend a lot of time not right here and now? Do you daydream about tomorrow, or fret about (or pine for) yesterday?
Today I challenge you to harness the power of today. Doing so can change your life!