What are you most concerned about right now? Is it the same thing you will be most concerned about tomorrow, or next month, or next year?
Many decisions are made in haste because we want what we want right now, and we are not willing to delay gratification until later.
The irony is that “later” will, at some point, become “now.” In Every Day is Game Day, I wrote that “today is yesterday’s tomorrow, and tomorrow, today will be yesterday.”
I realize that may sound a bit confusing. But if you think about it, you just might find a new perspective.
There are people in prison right now because they made a decision to do what they felt like doing at the time, without regard for the consequences of tomorrow.
When I say “prison,” you are probably thinking about convicts in orange jumpsuits sitting behind metal bars. But the truth is, there are many types of prisons to which people are confined because of a series of short-sighted decisions…
I want that second piece of cake.
I don’t feel like going to the gym today.
I really want that new outfit/gadget, so I’ll buy it on credit.
I’m so angry, I’m going to tell that person exactly what I think of them.
I shouldn’t have to be the one to say “I’m sorry.”
Everything we did yesterday brought us to where we are in life today… and everything we do today determines where we will be tomorrow. If you don’t like where you are today, it’s probably because you made some short-sighted decisions yesterday.
Fortunately, there is a way out. You can construct a better tomorrow by making good decisions right now.
Ask Yourself These 4 Questions:
1. What previous short-sighted decisions are causing me trouble today?
2. What can I do today to reverse the effect of those past decisions?
3. Am I clear about what I want in the future?
4. What are the correct decisions I need to make today, based on my Life Plan, that will give me the long term success I really want?
Long-term success will always bring more satisfaction than short-sighted gratification. Break free of your prison today!