Have you been putting things off in your life that you’d really like to do? Do you read the inspirational memes about living for now that make your heart feel good, but then just go right back to whatever routine you’re entrenched in? I do!
So this is a new thing I’m trying out: being a “today” person. Whenever I catch myself saying: “Ok, I’ll do it first thing… tomorrow!” that’s exactly what I need to get done today instead.
There is so much stress, pressure, and confusion involved in being a person and it’s really hard a lot of the time. There are so many decision to be made, lots of people you’ll meet (that are kind or complete demons), you’ll feel all sorts of emotions (many of which are not helpful) and learn how to navigate your own thoughts and beliefs. Cultivating positive self-talk is so important. Don’t let another person’s negative thoughts bring you down. There are a ton of people that are suffering that only know how to find joy in making others suffer with them. Don’t get sucked into that! Don’t rewire your own brain to believe what they believe, or what they want to see you believe, so that they feel just a little more powerful. Making other people feel bad about themselves isn’t a real power, it brings everyone down and dims people’s light. There are a lot of chicken people in the world that will just peck and squawk day in and day out – get away from it! Focus on what you think being an amazing person is; focus on what you love about yourself and spend your time with people that can see it too and spend your time doing the things that fill you with joy. Notice how you feel after spending time with a certain person or after doing a certain thing. If it’s good do more, if it’s not then those people are not for you and you’re meant for better things. 😉
But also, and very importantly, learn how to get out of your own way. When there are things you want to change or improve in your life, because you authentically feel that change is right for you, STOP. PUTTING. IT. OFF!!!! The phrase carpe diem (seize the day) comes to mind. When I hear that phrase it makes me think of just flying to a foreign country to go skinny dipping in the moonlight, and if that’s what you want to do then go for it, but I think I’m getting at something slightly different here…
If there is a major life goal you would like to achieve, instead of saying “tomorrow” at it (out of fear of doing it wrong or whatever it is that holds you back and makes you procrastinate) practice saying “today” at it. Chop it up into tiny pieces and approach each step with your new “today” mindset. Try it for a week, a month, or longer until it becomes your new habit. Start focusing on the joyful feeling of having gotten it done instead of dwelling in the “Ug, I should do that soon…” feeling, where everything is a chore that weighs you down.
Try it out! Let us know what being a “today” person helped you achieve and how you implemented it into your own life. I hope it helps!
Sending you love 🙂