If Tomorrow Was Too Late, What Would You Do Today?

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Tomorrow may be too late to do what you should do today. After all, none of us know how many hours, days, or years we have ahead. You need to take advantage of today and move forward with your goals. There are only so many opportunities in life. If you let them pass you by, you may never get another chance to make the most of your time in this world and realize your dreams! Here are some thoughts on how to make the most of today, so that you won’t find tomorrow coming too soon.

Don’t Wait to Tackle Big Things

We’re all guilty of doing simple things that don’t matter instead of acting on more complicated things that could make a substantial difference to both ourselves and others. So, as a simple exercise, write down a list of the big things you want to do before you leave this world. Then, ask yourself: “Am I avoiding any of these things because they seem too hard to achieve?” If so, decide how much effort and energy you’re willing to put into making that thing happen, then do it. Living forever is out of your control, but living with purpose is not.

Remember Who You Are

When we’re stressed out or caught up in our busy schedules, it can be easy to forget who we are. The hustle and bustle we often invite without much thought into our lives can cause us to lose sight of what’s actually important. What’s most important in life is knowing who you are, the things that mean something to you, and the traits that best define your character. Don’t get lost in your schedule and responsibilities, as these often become what obscure the best parts of life from us. Always be sure to take time out of your day, if just for a few minutes, to remember who you are, what you’re about, and what you still have left to accomplish before the curtain closes.

Enjoy the Journey

As the hours of our lives are limited, it’s a tragedy to spend these precious moments hating your life and yourself for things you can’t control or those potential downfalls that haven’t even happened yet. Instead of dwelling on what might go wrong tomorrow, or worrying about what other people think, instead spend some time today enjoying yourself and those around you. Simple steps to doing this include taking a nature walk, doing something recreational you love, and spending some time with loved ones.

As Charles Schulz once said, “Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” Life is too short to live only as if we have all the time in world; today is all that matters. Make sure to enjoy today to its fullest.

Have a Realistic Plan

In today’s environment of uncertainty and unprecedented change, it’s vital to have a clear vision of where you want to go. There are no guaranteed safe alternatives to taking risks, so you may as well take actions with the intention of always improving your knowledge, skills, and self.

Author James Altucher has said the best safety net for an uncertain future is by improving one percent each day in every area of your life, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Even if that improvement is as little as one percent, you’ve still made progress. That one percent adds up quickly, as if you improve one percent each day of the year, you’ve made 365 percent of progress from where you started. Progress you make with yourself is just like cumulative interest, and it should be treated as such.

Seize Today (Carpe Diem)

Carpe Diem is a Latin saying meaning “seize the day.” Over the years, it’s become a colloquialism meaning to seize opportunities when they arise. So many opportunities exist around us every day, but many of these opportunities pass us by because we let fear hold us back from taking action. Whether that fear is making a big career change or simply talking to a stranger, we may miss out on those moments because they seem too risky to act upon.

Don’t let another day go by without doing something great. Carpe Diem! Take action right now and seize all of those opportunities waiting for you today! After all, tomorrow may never come, and it will always be too late for today.

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Amelia Desertsong is a former content marketing specialist turned essayist and creative nonfiction author. She writes articles on many niche hobbies and obscure curiosities, pretty much whatever tickles her fancy.

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