You’re only a day away (cue cheesy Broadway Annie music). Now that I have a a musical stuck in your head let’s talk about tomorrow.
Ah yes, the magical land of tomorrow, where the entire to-do list is done and all the things in our dreams have been accomplished.
The problem is, that day never comes. Every tomorrow gets run over by the urgency of today. We want to get to it, just not right now. Because of this, we rarely make progress on the things we know are important…or at least we say they are.
The solution to the problem is simple, but not easy. It’s prioritizing and planning…and then executing. The goals we set for ourselves are goals that are important to us. The catch is that accomplishing them means stepping outside of our normal routine, creating a new one, and being able to commit to staying with it long enough to accomplish what we want.
Then, in steps impatience. We want what we want and we want it now. We never really give ourselves permission to take the time it actually takes to do those things.
Want to learn guitar? It’s going to take more than a month or 2.
Want to read a book? Probably not going to happen in a week.
Want to lose a few pounds? Or…a lot of pounds? Not gonna happen in 2 weeks…or 6…or 12.
Those short time spans are only the beginning. It takes time for your body and mind to shift, to move through the pain of creating and building new habits and learning new cues and recovering from the exhaustion of the new routine.
Tony Robbins (yeah, the motivational speaker guy) says that people often overestimate what they can do in a month and grossly underestimate what they can do in a year. Then, they overestimate what they can do in a year, and underestimate what they can do in 10 years.
None of this matters though if you never start. And if you’re always putting it off until tomorrow, you never start. The thing about tomorrow is that it doesn’t exist yet. So the only thing to do is start today.