“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” –Kung Fu Panda
Looking toward the future is a great thing. Having goals is essential to success, and to set goals you must look forward toward the future!
With that being said, however, it is also important to remember that it is very possible to miss today by being focused too much on tomorrow. Big goals are almost never accomplished in a day, and while you must make headway every day on your goals, never forget to make living in the ‘here and now’ a goal in itself.
All too often we forget that today is really the only day that we are guaranteed. Who knows what will happen tomorrow? The world might not be here tomorrow. We might not be here tomorrow. The world might change next week. Any number of things could happen. Of course, to dwell on the negative is not the point of all of this. The point is simply this… that if you never take time to enjoy living in the present moment, you may never find yourself enjoying anything because you will always be focused on what is going to happen next.
Living intentionally and in the here and now can be accomplished in several ways. One of the best ways is simply to be aware of the fact that today could very well be your last day. Of course, this is not a reason to abandon goals or to stop moving forward… but it is a reason to make sure that you take the time to enjoy the good things that are happening to you right now. Enjoy good friends, your job, your house, your family, the weather, your favorite music, and your favorite food. Live life to the fullest. Live every day intentionally.
Another way to make today your goal is to try to remember that today’s goals are what you should be focused on. It is always good to look forward to accomplishing big goals, but never be so focused on them that you forget to celebrate today’s victories and accomplishments.