Daily Blog #276
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand—and melting like a snowflake.” – Francis Bacon
This is a quote from the early 1600’s. Think about that for a moment. These words were quoted right around four hundred years ago, and yet they still provide immense value to the lives we all live today. It makes you think about what people will remember about you in four hundred years. How will people reflect on what you said and did in your life four hundred years from now? What value will you have brought to others?
While these are some of the things that we think about, I want to share a little secret with you; If we keep deciding to push off our goals and wait for the perfect moment, we will never know the answer to these questions.
Ask yourself something. How many times a day do you catch yourself dreaming about a life that you wish you were living? You think long and hard about an idea, come up with a plan of action for how you are going to do to achieve it, and then imagine what your life is going to look life after you accomplish said idea. I will be the first to admit that this happens to me far too often.
Now, how many times do you act on these dreams of yours? How many times do you stop whatever it is that you are doing and actually take action on the current thoughts that you are thinking? Odds are the percentage is minimal. You probably push the thought to the side with the intention of coming back to it a little later, only to find you can’t remember your thoughts. And it’s not just you, we all do this.
Procrastination is the enemy of success. The more that you procrastinate in life, the longer you are going to have to wait to achieve the things that you want to achieve, that is of course if you even achieve them in the first place. New thoughts are going to take over your mind, stress of daily life is going to cause you to forget these once exciting dreams, and time is going to pass in the blink of an eye.
Doesn’t sound too thrilling, does it? In fact, it’s almost depressing to think about. But if it’s so depressing to think about, then why do we do it so often? Why are we willing to push our dreams to the side for thoughts that are far less important? What we should be doing instead is acting on these thoughts the minute they come through our minds as opposed to being consumed by the “what if’s.” Instead, how about we focus on the “what is.”
When you procrastinate, you are telling your mind that your dreams are unimportant. You are telling your mind that an eight hour day of slaving away for someone else’s dream is more relevant than chasing your own. More importantly, you are telling your mind that you don’t deserve to achievement that comes from pursuing and living out your dreams. It’s basically a way of telling yourself that you don’t believe you can achieve your dreams right now, so you are going to wait for a better time.
There is no better time than right now. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, and you may never get the opportunity to even fulfill your dreams. Personally, I would much rather fail knowing that I tried to achieve my dreams instead of missing out on what could have been.
Like Francis Bacon said, we have this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand. This moment is waiting for us to turn it into something special – a new reality comprised of our dreams. And at the same time, this moment is melting like a snowflake – an irreplaceable, one of a kind moment in life that we are never going to get back no matter how hard we try. There will never be another moment like the one that we are living, so why not live it with everything we have!
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