Yesterday morning one of my Facebook followers wrote to wish me a Happy 2018, then remarked how he’s going to put 2017 behind him (it wasn’t good) and focus on making this year a great one.
Many others resounded the same theme via email and text messages. A few told me about their resolutions for 2018 and how they’re going to finally achieve their goals.
My thoughts about this way of thinking is as follows:
“If tackling a year at a time didn’t work for you last year, why you doing it again?
How about living in the present moment, at least once per day, for a minute or two.
Perhaps part of the reason that the previous years wern’t as good as you wanted is because you tried to mentally tackle the entire year, at the onset, and a one-year chunk is too big of a bite for you to swallow.
You can whip yourself into an excited state before you go to bed, but the next morning you’re going to wake up fearful and ultimately frustrated. That’s what tends to happen, most of the time, when you attempt to live life LARGE.
You cannot live your life in the future or in the past, even if your mind is stuck there. You can only utilize the present moment as best as you know how at this time.
‘But, but, but, but, but, but… I have this goal to make a fortune this year,’ you say.
That’s great. Now put that goal on the back burner and forget about it because your chances of achieving it will be far greater if you focus on the front burner.
Take care of today. Take care of NOW. Take care of each and every breath you take. Take care of your next step – not your next 1,000,000.
If you’re going to set goals, set goals you want to work on because you believe you can achieve them.
Set “today goals.” Or “half-day” goals. Or morning goals. Or “during today’s practice” goals.
Make it simple.
When you simplify your focus, you no longer need to sit around pondering what your negative beliefs and thoughts are and how you can change them.
Your negatives will fly out the window because when you’re creatively alive in the present, there’s no way you can simultaneously ponder all the negatives.
Today is January 1, 2018.
Live today, TODAY.
Live today, NOW.
Forget about the entire year for now and focus on what you can do, a bit at a time, on this day, at this time.
Make it easy for yourself to win.
Win the day. Win the moment..
After doing this for a day, do it for another day, and then another.
A year later, if you’re so inclined, you can look back upon the past 365 days in absolute shock, thinking, “Did I really get that much done?”
Yes, you did.
P.S. Instead of “motivational” musing or tips, I’ve decided to have some fun and call them by their namesake, “mativational” – i.e. written by Matt, minus one “t.”
P.P.P.S. You can also follow these musing on Facebook by looking for me under @mativationaltips