“You’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax. Master the day. Then just keep doing that every day.”
I stumbled across these words the other day, and it really got me thinking. This is so important for people to remember. Often we forget that great things seldom happen overnight. We also tend to compare our “chapter one” with someone else’s “chapter 20”. This can be very discouraging.
When I read the words above I thought; how true is this. I can’t tell you how many times I have gone to bed asking myself, “was I productive today?”. Most often the answer is yes, but sometimes, more often than not, we find ourselves thinking no matter how much we do in one day; it’s still not enough.
It’s October 31. The very last day of the month and I am only now getting to this article. My goal is to write an entry per month for my newsletter, and I am telling you, as a brand new Mommy as of September 25, this is a tall order, so this entry is going to be short.
I wanted to write about living each day with intention. The words at the start of this entry should remind you that if you can master each day you can master your life.
I try to live by this. Somedays I feel like I am merely going through the motions, but I always promise myself to complete at least one task towards my goals. If I can do that, achieving my desired goals will be that much closer.
Each day I want you to wake up and decide what the one thing is you MUST achieve today. It doesn’t have to be huge. It can be as simple as writing at least one page in the book you have wanted to complete for years, or sending that inquiry email to someone you would like to collaborate with. Whatever it is, you have to complete it.
No matter what.
I mean short of a natural disaster, a death in the family or some other unforeseen circumstance that can’t be ignored; YOU MUST COMPLETE IT.
Show up for yourself and get it done. You will feel so much better when you go to bed at night having completed at least one task that relates to your goals. Obviously, to do this you have to have a clear idea of what your goals are, and if you don’t, I encourage you to have a look at my article Finding Clarity in Chaos.
I promise I practice what I preach. I am a new Mom of a five week old, a University student, a life coach with active clients, a step mom, and a spouse; I am busy too and I promise I practice what I preach, I wouldn’t be asking you to do things that I don’t find time to do myself. Even in all the chaos.
Get it done.
Also, one more thing I wanted to share is something I heard in a podcast by Brendon Burchard recently. He talked about how so many of us simply react are way through each day. We respond to the environment, and we don’t go through our days as intentional humans.
He suggests going into your day saying things like, “today I am going to be patient, confident, and playful,” or, “today I am going to be kind, humble, and encouraging.”
Pick three things that you want to be in the day and then be that. It will help you to intentionally think about how you are going to respond to everyday situations and how you may respond to the work you have set in front of you.
For example, if you say today you are going to be patient, and at some point in the day you receive an email from someone telling you they haven’t had time to get to the work you have delegated to them, and they need a few more days, remember, today you have said you would be patient; practice that.
Obviously, every circumstance is different and has to be assessed as it happens, but if you go into your day with some intention, it will force you to stop and think a little bit more instead of simply reacting.
Maybe instead of instantly sending that frustrated email that you will likely regret five seconds after you send it, you might ask yourself; how can I practice being patient in this scenario as I went into the day saying I would be more patient and I want to honor that intention.
According to Brendon Burchard, you can direct your mind, your emotions, and your body to be who you want to be by choosing each morning to be intentional.
So my advice today is to remember these two things:
1. Show up for yourself each day and complete at least one task you have set forth and;
2. Determine each morning who you want to be the rest of the day, and be that.
Sound simple? That’s because it is. It takes practice of course, but once you can master each day, you can master your life.
By the way, I am exhausted as I type this but I completed my task today. What’s yours? Will you complete it?
Take care and Happy Halloween!