Do you ever think back over your past with regret about things you did that you wish you hadn’t done, or things you didn’t do that you wish you had done? Do you ever stop to think that today will be tomorrow’s past? What are you doing today to prevent regrets tomorrow?
It’s easy to look back on the past and to think about how you could have acted differently. So many people wish that they could change their past in some way so that their present life would be better.
Time is continually moving on and what is today very quickly becomes yesterday, then last, week, and then last year. The way to change your future’s past is to make the most of today.
As far as I can see there are only two possibilities when it comes to taking action today to shape your future; either you know what you need to do in order to have a great future or you don’t.
If you know what to do today to bring that rosy future into reality then all it takes to do it is some self discipline. There is an old saying that says that either you develop the habit of self discipline or you will end up at the mercy of someone else’s discipline (often in the form of a job you don’t like).
The people who take hold of their own life and steer it to greatness are all people who have the self discipline to do the things they need to do. Some days they don’t feel like doing what it takes but they do it anyway because they draw on self discipline.
The second possibility that I mentioned earlier is that you don’t know what you need to do today. Solving this is a three step process.
Step one is to get some education. I don’t mean schooling I mean education in the skills of being successful. Achieving success is a set of skills that must be learned.
If you learn them by trial and error then you will probably be in for a long and painful journey before you get to the life that you want. However if you learn from those who have gone before then you can shortcut the journey and make it a lot more comfortable along the way.
When I became interested in being successful I studied everything I could on the subject. I read books, listened to audios and attended courses. Then as I put these teachings into action I added my own experience to the pool of knowledge. Then when I started teaching and mentoring I was given the opportunity to add the various experiences of my students.
Be prepared to learn what you need to learn and be willing to spend what you need to spend to get that knowledge. It will be the best investment that you ever make.
Step two is to put what you have learned into practice by taking action. Even if you are not sure whether your action is right. If you have been studying success seriously then you will probably find that the action is a lot more “right” than you realize.
Step three is to see what results your actions produce and then take more action or modify your action as your results indicate.
Remember that today is when you have the power to ensure that you won’t have regrets tomorrow. It’s all up to you.