The Importance of Today
It’s easy to wake up in the morning from time to time and find ourselves still pondering the happenings of yesterday, or the events of tomorrow. At times, it’s hard to forget the struggles that we faced the day prior. And when life has us cruising in the fast lane, it’s not uncommon to shift our focus to the next ‘big thing’.
But, today – today is the most important day we have yet to live. Today is a new beginning, a fresh start if you will. It doesn’t judge us on yesterday’s victories or defeats, nor does it celebrate tomorrow’s triumphs. We cannot go back and change what occurred the day prior, and we can’t write a script for what is to come.
Most importantly, today is to be celebrated because it is our opportunity to build on the person we were yesterday, and the individual we want to be tomorrow. Our goal and purpose in life should not be to remain stagnant and complacent individuals, but rather to live with intention to better ourselves and the people with whom we are surrounded.
This rationale of bettering others doesn’t only apply to the personal relationships we have (family, friends, spouses), but also the business relationships, co-working space, students in the classroom, teachers at schools, and mentors whom have guided us in our personal and professional endeavors. These are the individuals who are vital to our growth as a person. They are the ones who help make us better today than we were yesterday.
How Do We Become Better?
All of us have unique characteristics that define us, and specific needs that cater to our personalities. There is no panacea or magic pill that we can take which will raise us one level on the better-than-yesterday scale. And in this case, more isn’t better. In fact, we become better by simply doing something.
Doing something requires thought. It requires an action to be taken, a first step. There is some amount of effort that is needed to get going. Ironically enough, doing something really is doing more, but recognize the different between something and more.
The journey we are on today begins with a simple step. It is of no importance whether our first stride this morning was forward, backward or to the side. What matters is that we are doing something. The result of doing so little has the ability to create so much, provided we repeat each day. And the result at the end of the day is that we have positioned ourselves to be in a better place tomorrow.
Positioning is the key in all walks of life. In work, we position ourselves today by building relationships, so that tomorrow we can help a customer in need. In school, we position ourselves today by learning, so that we may contribute back to society after our education is complete. In relationships, we position ourselves today by being authentic and genuine, so that when tomorrow’s journey is here, other people are better for having known us.
To position ourselves is to become better, and to better ourselves is to contribute to the world around us as we continue to grow on our own journey.
What’s to Come?
It would be a bit cynical if I went into a diatribe of what to expect tomorrow or the weeks to come. So, instead I’ll tell you what I do know. I know that for the past two years I’ve written a blog post nearly every Sunday. I will be the first to admit, not every post was fantastic – however it was something. With each editorial, I became better than the week before.
Currently, I’m in the midst of a big transition, both personally and professionally. But what excites most is where I am today. Because I know I’m simply continuing the journey that I’ve been on. The people I’ve met and places I’ve been have helped me to be better than I was yesterday. When I begin to travel down new roads, I will continue to focus on today by continuing to wake up and do something. And at the end of the day, I will have positioned myself to be better in the following day, just as I have done in the past.
It’s a rather simple process with three steps:
- Do Something
- Position Yourself
- Repeat Tomorrow
Do this and we can state with certainty in the morning, “I am better today than I was yesterday.”
For the month of July, I will be heavily transitioning as my wife and I move from Ohio to Colorado. In efforts to make the most of this change, I will be taking off the month of July form weekly posts. During this time, I will be focusing my time and energy on diving into the new space, being curious and building relationships. Hang tight, press on, and I will be back to regular posts on Sunday, August 2nd!