We control what we look at. Start looking at what you can control.
Good morning! Often when we desire change in our lives it is at a time when we feel completely OVERWHELMED! Because we feel overwhelmed with life, we desire change. It is a catch-22 since the change we desire is hard to reach because we feel so overwhelmed. Welcome to the number one reason that people start to change, and also the number one reason most people fall off the wagon.
The Make Today Matter Life System I have developed begins with SELF. To honor the self we begin each day with a simple good morning. We begin by learning steps that build us up instead of tear us down.
There is a great story in Level Six Performance by Stephen Long about how a hammer isn’t actually a tool until someone picks it up. Until that point it is just a funny looking shape; may as well be an art object. The hammer doesn’t derive purpose as a tool until someone uses it. I have heard a similar analogy with the postage stamp. Until you put it on something, it is just a little square piece of sticky paper. We can buy all the tools in the world, look at them, study them, but they don’t actually become tools until we start USING them.
Imagine that you had never properly used a hammer before, so you sign up for a build-ing class. Oddly the first assignment the instructor gives is to build a house. How do you think you would do? I don’t think it would work real well. Why? Well, not only do you not have any practice with the hammer, a house would also require many other tools that you likely don’t have experience with. How would you master the hammer and all the other tools? I don’t know about you, but despite my persistence I think I would drop out of that class.
While the hammy and house story may sound silly, many of us are trying to build something even bigger… our lives …. without first mastering the simplest tools.
On any given day, if any of us were to look at the whole picture of life, surely it is over-whelming. Why look at it? It only paralyzes us and stops us from making any progress in the place where we can be effective — today — right now! You don’t need to build your entire life right now, just build today—make today matter.
Instead of looking at the whole picture, focus in on a single area. Ask: WHAT CAN I DO RIGHT NOW THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE? And then take that little step, and another little step, and another little step. There will always be things that aren’t done – but to-day we both have 24 hours (less sleep time) to do what matters. Let’s get it done.
I focus my attention and energies on making today matter.