“Take pride in how far you have come. Have faith in how far you can go”
Are you giving yourself enough credit for everything you have accomplished that has gotten you to this exact point where you are right now?
I know how easy it is to overlook all you have successfully done–the lessons you learned and everything else that has helped you to get to this point. But, you know what I realized? Even though we are working to get where we ultimately want to be, we are supposed to be taking mini victory laps and really enjoying where we are right now.
It’s important. Actually, it’s crucial.
Because it’s easy to fall into the trap of allowing your desire of where you want to go overshadow where you are right now and all you have already successfully done.
I know there are more and more things you want to accomplish. I know you want to live up to your potential and do everything you are really capable of. I have that exact same feeling too.
But, in order for us to get where we ultimately want to be, we’ve got to love and appreciate exactly where we are right now at this moment in time and realize what we’ve already done.
It’s all About Right Now
Appreciating where we are today is the fuel we need to continue to move forward. It allows us to look at things from the right perspective and have the right type of thoughts top of mind. It also creates the right type of feelings that keep the good energy flowing so we can create the future we want.
It’s not that we don’t want more or that we should take our foot off the proverbial pedal. We’ve just got to give ourselves the credit we deserve for getting to this point and live today in the best way we possibly can.
I understand that life has by no means been a cakewalk. We have been through a lot. We have done a lot. We have witnessed and experienced a lot-the good, the bad and even the ugly at times.
But, every one of those things has brought us to this point where we are right now. And, we are better off today because of what we experienced and learned yesterday, even if sometimes that’s really hard to see.
Is every single thing perfect just like you want? Possibly not. Have your best times already come? Absolutely not. There are always more wonderful things coming your way. But, you’ve got to really open yourself up to those things so they can unfold perfectly. And, the best way you do that is by appreciating where you are today and really enjoying and experiencing every moment.
It’s like that great quote from Lao Tzu reminds us –
‘Rejoice in the way things are. Live in the moment. When you successfully do this, the whole world belongs to you.’
The Possibility of Today
1. Take a mini victory lap. Think about all you are doing right today. Think about all you have accomplished. Don’t overlook anything — the small things definitely count. Enjoy those feelings of accomplishment for awhile.
2. Think about all that you have in your life today. Reflect on all the things and people you have in your life that you appreciate. A good quote that I always remind myself of — “What if you woke up tomorrow, with only those things you remembered to appreciate today?”
3. Live Today and love exactly where you are. Pour your passion, energy and attention into whatever is in front of you today. Really focus on living today in the best way you can and experiencing every single moment that comes your way. It doesn’t take much to really experience and live in the moment, but it does take intent.