Story blog by Shola
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Just Today: A Success Story
There is no doubt in my mind that everyone reading these words has a big goal that they want to achieve.
Maybe it's getting out from under a mountain of debt and starting a savings account.
Maybe it's enrolling into school and getting your degree.
Maybe it's sitting down to write the book that's been floating around in your brain for years.
Maybe it's finally committing to getting your health in order by quitting smoking and losing weight.
Maybe it's repairing the relationship with your estranged parents after a number of years.
Maybe it's finding a better job that fully maximizes your skills.
Maybe it's discovering the strength to walk away from a horrifically toxic relationship.
Maybe it's choosing to get your temper under control and become a happier person.
All of those goals are cool, but do you know the one thing that could derail you before you even start?
The bulls*** story in your mind about hard it will be to do those things.
Don't get me wrong though, it's very possible that it could be hard. It just won't be nearly as hard as you think it will be.
If we're focused on the potential time, work, and difficulty that are ahead of us, what in the world would be the motivation to start?
Take it from me - I focused on "how hard it would be to start" for over 25 years of my life and it's no surprise that I didn't get much accomplished during that time.
Everything (and I mean, everything) changed when I shifted my focus to those two magic words:
Every meaningful goal that has ever been achieved in the world's history all have one thing in common:
Someone found the courage to say to him/herself, "today, I will start."
Refuse to talk yourself out of your dream by dreading the time and the effort that it could take to get there. For example, if any of the goals mentioned above are your goals, you could say instead:
Just today, I will skip the Starbucks latte and put a little extra money into my savings account.
Just today, I will start looking to find a college that will meet my needs.
Just today, I will sit down and take the ideas for my book out of my brain and put them into a Word document - even if it's just the first few sentences.
Just today, I will go to the gym and walk on the treadmill - even if it's only for 10 minutes.
Just today, I will take the first step in repairing the relationship with my parents.
Just today, I will begin the necessary process of leaving my toxic relationship.
Just today, I will be more mindful of my emotions and my attitude.
Here's the good news - we only have to do this today.
That's it. Just today. Forget tomorrow - just worry about honoring yourself and your dream today. We'll deal with tomorrow later.
For now, focus one thing: Just today.
This guy has it going on doesn't he? He realizes the only thing he can change is today. It all starts with this very second, minute, hour - "just today."
What are your thoughts about the time frame? Is it realistic? I sitting here thinking to myself, "Self, you can do this "just" today." I love the time frame. It's all about choices in the here and now.
On another note: Happy Birthday mom...
Mamas are supposed to be around for all time
You left us for a home above in the sweet by and by
And when I look up at the sky I hold back my tears
Wishing, praying to myself you were once again right here.
Donna G Fowler©
Just for kicks ~