People talk about success and goal achievement all the time. In fact, words like “some day”, “next year” and “in the future” are part of most people’s vocabulary on a daily basis.
“Some day I am going to find a job that I enjoy.”
“Next year I am going to cut back on hours to spend more time with my kids.”
“In the future, I am going to be a better person.”
My question is… what is wrong with today?
People become so comfortable with words that express future tense because they are safe. Dates in the unknown distant future do not tie them down to any particular deadline, they do not set set them up for failure. The problem is that without being set up for failure you cannot be set up for success.
Success in any area you choose is hard. It’s difficult. It takes time. It takes commitment. It takes day-in and day-out boring, nagging, redundant actions. Some day, next year and in the future are not phrases with enough power to support those daily actions. If you let yourself off the hook, you will gladly jump into oblivion and continue to spout words of “some day” for days and probably even years to come.
My next question is, how bad do you want it? How bad do you want to find a better job? How bad do you want to spend more time with your children? How badly do you want to improve yourself and your life?
If you want it bad enough I challenge you to write it down in present tense as if it is already a reality in your life. I challenge you to look at it, read it out loud to yourself every day. I challenge you to make a true commitment to yourself and to others by setting a deadline and sharing it with someone who will hold you accountable.
How bad do you want it? I challenge you to ask yourself that question.
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