TODAY (from The Voice)
Tomorrow is not promised. All we have is today. People tend to spend too much time planning for tomorrow instead of living for now. Worse yet, worrying about tomorrow takes attention away from the task at hand. Planning is a today activity with a focus on tomorrow. Worrying is similarly a today activity with a focus on tomorrow. Both activities are opposite sides of the same coin. One has an expectation of accomplishment. The other has an expectation of disappointment. Regardless, these activities feature expectations and neither results in execution. They do nothing today.
But what is it that happens today which is so special? Simply put, everything! All activity happens today. Only the present is a timeframe for activity. For activity to be meaningful it has to lead to results. Results are not a byproduct of a static state. Positive results are acts that reflect improvement. And, improvement means change. In following this logical thread, focusing on today is a prerequisite to individuals making changes for the better.
Unfortunately, people often wait to make a change, that is to improve themselves. They wait for the weekend, they wait for the New Year, or they wait to grow up. They wait to get better before making a change toward improvement. The majority approaches change like the man who says that he will visit the doctor as soon as he starts feeling better. Essentially, this belief promotes the idea that change will come tomorrow. However, the exceptional individual takes control today to make a change. Change requires activity and activity only matters today. Value today!
In business a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow. Finance students learn this concept at the beginning of their studies. Because of the risk involved waiting for tomorrow, the possibility exists that an expected dollar tomorrow may never arrive. Any value that is not recognized today is merely expectation or speculation. Of course, forecasts and speculative investments have some value. Nevertheless, all capital must be monetized at today’s prices before it can be deployed. Currently priced capital can be used to buy goods, acquire businesses, and secure opportunities. Until these assets are realized in today’s dollars, they are only hopes, or even dreams.
Dreams are for tomorrow. Maximum value can only be recognized today. All activity has to be done in the current moment. Execution happens in the present. Living in the moment is a cliché, but it captures the power of today. Today is activity. What does not happen today, does not happen. Target what you are ready to see realized today. Make it happen!