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.
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.