“People are often unreasonable and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you.
Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.”
– Mother Teresa
The motivational quote, Today is my tomorrow, is a reminder that the actions you take in the present have a tremendous impact on the future. It’s the law of cause and effect: every action has a consequence. What you do today directly affects the shape of your tomorrow. When I am long gone from this earth, I want at least one person to say that I made a positive difference and I am going to make sure that by my actions today, someone does indeed say that tomorrow. Here’s my plan of action.
Attitude – Without a change in attitude, you will continue to get the same thing. If you focus on the negative, you will obtain negative results.
Commitment – It is one thing to say you want something. Promise yourself you will do whatever it takes within your personal beliefs to make this happen. Commit to fulfilling your dreams
Action – Without action, steps 1 and 2 will not take you to success.
This reminds me of a joke you have probably heard: A man kept praying to God to win the lottery. One week he found a dollar on the street and he donated it to charity to show God he was worthy. The lottery came and went and he didn’t win. For weeks he followed the same pattern. Finally, the man was ready to give up and he prayed again. “God, I have prayed and been good. Why have I not won the lottery?” To his amazement, God spoke to him: “You have got to meet me halfway. Go buy a ticket.”
Have you bought the lottery ticket or are you still just praying or using positive thinking?
Don’t overwhelm yourself – It is easy to focus on everything you want and go for it all at once. However, that is not the way to get there. Create a plan on what is most important and what will get you to your other dreams. Focus on one thing at a time.
Set a deadline – When do you want your success to happen? Though tomorrow would be awesome, the truth is success takes time. Look at your goals and set a realistic timeline for when you will accomplish them. Set goals and map them out. Again, be in control of your destiny.
Give to others and treat them with respect – Treat others how you want them to treat you. This is very important because it can come back to haunt you. Many people call it karma. If you step all over others to get to success, when you need something in return, expect others to knock you down. When you are respectful of others and help them when they have a need, you build relationships that may help you in the future.
With all of the above in mind, and in light of my newspaper ownership announcement on page 1, I am going to work harder, stay positive, and keep affirming what I want.
Every night before bed, I am going to focus on what I truly want and the next day I am going to do at least one thing to make it happen. Join me.
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