Today is yours. Today is also mine. Today belongs to each of us. Every single day is ours to imagine, ours to create. Of course, we say we know that, but we don’t all act on the information. It’s easy to procrastinate. It’s easy to put things off to another day, allowing our inner vision to… what, simply slip away?
Every day is precious. On an average, we get about 285,000 days in our life. Taking charge of our day begins with being present, being in the moment. Taking charge of our day also requires action. Creating our day means making things happen.
In our mind’s eye, we see the details of our life. We know our vision, the big things and the small. We know what we want in our lives. The question is: are we actually taking our mind’s eye image and putting it into practice?
Often, routine takes hold of our lives. When that happens, however, we hand over the control of our lives to our habits. Our mind races over the events of the day, getting the daily details right. Often, rote habits and concerns fill our mind. We’re worried because we didn’t call our mom or we haven’t followed up on an insurance claim; it’s the daily mantra of activity and worry. It becomes impossible to fit anything else in our today or tomorrow. Or so it seems.
Still, a year has passed since you had that idea for a book and you did nothing about it. While nothing happens in an instant, it’s also true that nothing will ever happen unless we do it. Instead of writing a whole book, write your idea in 500 words or maybe a thousand. Develop the idea while you are commuting. You’ll be taking action on your vision and you’ll be changing the course of your day.
What do you want in your daily life? What do you wish for your daily life? Are there practices you meant to establish but they just haven’t happened? Would you like to repair a relationship but “things” seem to get in the way? Would you like to smile more? What about telling those you love that you love them? Did you tell them today?
To regain control of your everyday, begin my making a note of what it is you’d like to add to your days. Realistically, of course. You aren’t forsaking family, work or friends. Instead, you are making a list of things you value in your daily life. With that list, make a plan for their inclusion. This may mean changing routine habits, those habits that have been in place for so many years. Take charge of old ways, own your day.
Is breaking a habit on your list? Start by finding out how. Whether by reading some of the ‘Change your life’ articles or other such resources, learn how to change a habit. Then, make a plan for that change. Change doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time. Remember that change will never happen if you don’t start. How about making one small step towards change today?
Putting things off means we have fewer days to appreciate the fruits of our effort.
Now, we’re not talking about improbable grand drama. If, for example, your mind’s eye sees sudden riches without a plan to get there, that is daydreaming. We’re talking about reality, about the things of life where we can take action and see their consequences. If you wish to see wealth in your life, what will you do to make that happen?
Keep tabs on your inner vision, making certain it is included in your everyday, starting with today.