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4 Reasons Why Today is Going To Be Awesome

The problem with self-help is that most of it tends to focus on the negative aspects of our lives. How to deal with this or how to move past that, it can get a little depressing after a while. I’m not going to waffle on with such shenanigans so instead I’m going to focus on why today is going to be awesome.

  • This is the only day that exists

Think back to the most awesome experience that you have ever had. Got it? Embrace it for a second; feels good doesn’t it? Yet this didn’t happen in the past, it happened right now, in the present.

Everything in your life so far actually happened in the present, in the here and now. Likewise everything that will happen in the future will also happen in the present. Most of us are guilty of blindly living our lives in a dreamlike state, always thinking ahead and totally missing out on the here and now altogether. You know what the most amazing thing is?

You’re in it right now!

Basically what this means is that right this second, something awesome is happening to someone in the world. Yes I know you’re stuck here reading this article and wishing you were outside playing in the sun (or whatever it is you do with your spare time), but when you stop and really think about it, at any point you could create a memory that will stick with you for the rest of your life. These memories are created in the here and now so what are you going to do?

  • You have complete control over your actions

Great! You now realize that the present is the only time that will ever exist, so what are you going to do about it?

You see we are really bad at planning ahead. There are parts of our brain that are stimulated when we think of ourselves, and then there are areas that are stimulated when we think of others. Nothing weird there but listen up, where it gets interesting is when we think of our future self, for example when we plan to do something tomorrow, the area of the brain that gets used is that for other people.

So by promising yourself that you will quit that bad habit tomorrow you are in effect placing that trust in a different version of you. The person that wakes up tomorrow morning isn’t going to be the same person that made that promise today. Why would you trust a stranger with your life?

Don’t wait for tomorrow, you may never get started. Do it today. Do it now!

  • You are one day closer to living your dream

Do you remember as a child how you used to get so excited at the thought of opening your presents on Christmas morning? As soon as that Coca Cola commercial appeared on TV (you know the one) you started writing out your wish list and to be honest, every day that passed seemed to drag. You want Christmas dammit, and you want it NOW!

How does that relate to today, the present? Well today is one day closer to living the life you have always wanted.

Whatever it is that you see in your future, today is one step closer to that happening. Of course you must put in the effort and use every single day as your blank canvass to make this dream a reality but that day will come.

Don’t worry about it; get busy living your life and before you know it, that day will arrive and it will be everything you expected it to be.

  • A lifetime can be shrunk down to tiny chunks

Do you have a dream that seems utterly ridiculous to you right now? Maybe you currently live a life as an ice cream cone maker but have wild aspirations of one day being a rock star. That leap seems impossible and when you look at it as one big move, it probably is.

The beauty of this is that any dream or goal can be broken down into smaller manageable chunks that we can plan out and conquer before moving on to the next one. You can go out there and buy a musical instrument and start learning. You can place an ad in the paper for other musicians to jam with. You can do anything if you do it one step at a time.

Today is just one small chunk of the rest of your life and with it you can make a big difference.

So there you have it. Today is awesome in so many ways and I hope that if you take anything away from this article it’s that you hold the keys to your life.

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Jamie Flexman wanted to get away from the boring daily grind of the 9-5 and he now teaches guitar and writes about how to stop doing the things you hate and to live life on your own terms through his website Psycholocrazy.

 

  • Itstmarie

    This is great and timely!  For some time now, I have been considering each of the points that you made and ways to incorporate them into my thought patterns and subsequent behaviors.  You articulated what I’ve been feeling very well. Thanks for sharing! 

    • http://www.psycholocrazy.com/ jamie flexman

      Thanks, and I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

    • Noel

      I’ve been doing this for about a year now, and its given me a tremendous impact in my life. Which means it worked for me and it will work for you too as well…Just keep reminding yourself, until it becomes a habit. I gurantee you will see results.

  • http://www.acalltoaction.net/ Trevor Wilson

    Spot. On.

    It’s vital that we learn to live in the present. The past is gone and the future never comes. All we ever have is the here and now.

    Our dreams may seem such a far off impossibility to us today. But with constant small steps in the right direction we will someday get there. Imagine the type of person you will have become after achieving your goals. Now start living like that person today. Make the decisions that person would make. Eventually you wll calibrate.

    Cheers!

    • http://www.psycholocrazy.com/ jamie flexman

      Exactly Trevor. The present is all there ever will be and the future just comes one day at a time.

  • http://twitter.com/Ani_LifeProb Ani

    Great timing. Needed a positive read and here it came :)

    • http://www.psycholocrazy.com/ jamie flexman

      Happy to oblige :-)

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    Great post!  I love the positive attitude here.  The “tiny chunks” section is great.  It’s really the only way we reach our goals and dreams: a step at a time.

    • http://www.psycholocrazy.com/ jamie flexman

      Thanks Dan, one step at a time is the only way to get anything done, you’re right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Prime3coaching/180794405305000 PRIME3COACHING

    One thing that helps me look at each day with a positive perspective is doing “Affirmations in the morning”. Some day I wake up and have no desire to get to work on that proposal I have due or that blog post I need to write but after reading my sheet of affirmations I feel empowered and ready to give the day everything I have!

    • http://www.psycholocrazy.com/ jamie flexman

      I have never tried that method, it certainly seems to work for you so maybe I’l try it too. That or listen to some R0cky IV music :-)

  • http://www.wellnesscircle.com/ Margaret@WellnessCircle

    Great post! I can really relate to the idea of planning ahead, promising yourself to do something for tomorrow or the next week. But then again, you feel lazy or something happened that you can no longer pursue the plan that you are supposed to do for the day. And when that comes, I feel so frustrated. That is why I’ve already learned from that.

    • http://www.psycholocrazy.com/ jamie flexman

      I know the feeling Margaret. Too often in the past I want to do something and then 6 months down the line I think ‘If only I started when I should have, I’d be so much further along now’,

  • Kaboverde

    Yesssssss!!!! Every morning I wake up with one little tiny thought which makes every day amazing. And it is – this is going to be the best day of my life! 

    • http://www.psycholocrazy.com/ jamie flexman

      Wowzers! I hope it works!! :-)

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  • Glojo

    You are totally awesome today. I am glad you are writing articles instead of working at some boring job. All the best to you. Have an incredible life right now.

    • http://www.psycholocrazy.com/ jamie flexman

      Thanks, it means a lot! :-)

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  • Rachel
  • http://goalsetting-workshop.com/blog/ Jorge Blanco

    I like this part: So by promising yourself that you will quit that bad habit tomorrow you
    are in effect placing that trust in a different version of you. The
    person that wakes up tomorrow morning isn’t going to be the same person
    that made that promise today. Why would you trust a stranger with your
    life?

    We do change and we are a different version of ourselves every new day that we live. Every time we wake up, we may not become totally someone else, but we have become someone a bit different than the one we are the day before. Our experiences, our dreams, what we thought about before we slept, any of these are what may make us different. It’s like a game that was installed a new update. The one you first installed is not the same as the one you have now (the newly updated one).

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