I bet you have. I know I’ve said it…more times than I care to admit.
Here’s the thing: Every time you put something off until tomorrow, you make today unimportant. And if today is unimportant…day after day…your life becomes unimportant.
Every Day Counts
How do you want to live your life? I bet, if you dig down deep, you’ll realize that you want to live your life as if every day counts.
But if one day doesn’t count, what does that say about the other days? Today is chopped liver and tomorrow is steak? Today is a throwaway but tomorrow is a keeper?
Every day is the same. It has the same value. It holds the same weight as all the others.
If you live your life as if things can wait until tomorrow, you’ll never fully live today. And, you know what? You may not get a chance to live fully tomorrow.
Not only that, the likelihood that you will make tomorrow different decreases every time you say, “It can wait…” Putting things off—even things you say are important to you—becomes habitual.
Value the Day
The only way to break this habit and form a new one is to start making every day count. Value today as much as tomorrow.
To do that, you have to catch yourself saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow” and “It can wait another day” or “I don’t have the time, money, energy, or whatever, so I’ll do it tomorrow (or next week or next year).” When you hear these words—or any like them—coming out of your mouth, stop! Instead say, “It would be easier or more convenient to do this tomorrow, but it’s important to me. So, I’m going to do it now.”
Then do it! Take action.
Every night before you go to bed, ask yourself, “Did I make today count?” If the answer is “no,” ask, “What do I have to do differently tomorrow to make sure the day counts?”
The Quality of a Life that Counts
When you make every day count, your life takes on a different quality. Not only that, you become a different person.
You see every moment as a chance to step into your best self and to have a positive and meaningful impact in the world. You see every day as a chance to do and be the things that are important to you. You begin to experience your life as valuable.
And, in the process, you place more value on yourself—on who you are and what you do. That type of life feels different…because it is different.
Others then see and experience that, too. The people in your life know that you value yourself and your life. You become a role model of what it means to live fully.
4 Ways to Make Every Day Count
I’ve been at fault of not giving my days as much value as I’d like. I’ve put earning money before writing an article or book. I’ve not taken time for my passions because I saw my business as more important. And I’ve said I couldn’t help a friend or family member because I was too busy. I’ve put busy work before my life’s work.
And that has made me less than I’d like to be. And it’s prevented me from fulfilling my purpose. And it’s made my life less valuable.
These days, I’m more aware of making the day count, and you can be, too. Here are four simple ways to get started:
- Make a list of what’s important to you.
- Every morning put one of those things on your calendar.
- Each day, do that important thing.
- Every night, ask yourself how you can do a better job tomorrow of making the day count.
Of course, also catch yourself saying you’ll do it tomorrow. Do not put it off! Each time you do, you invalidate your days and confirm that they don’t count.
Your days do count, so treat them as if they do.
I’d love to know how you make every day count. Tell me in a comment below.
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