“I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard… and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”
Do you recognize this opening line from the very famous kids book ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ by author Judith Viorst?
As a kid, I remember this being one of my favorite books to read. And now that I am “grown up”, it was pretty entertaining to go back and read it again.
As I was reading it though, I couldn’t help but wonder:
How many people approach their day just as Alexander does?
OK, you may not wake up with gum in your hair or trip over a skateboard, but how do you approach your day?
What does your attitude look like? You energy? Your outlook? Do you float through your day or do you have a plan? Do you look at the day ahead as a positive or negative?
Will today be great or a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day?
The problem with the question I have just asked, is not many people know what a great day looks like.
Think about it for a second: What exactly does a great day look like to you?
As John C. Maxwell states in his book Today Matters, the problem with today’s success is that “most people misunderstand success… We take a faulty approach to our day. As a result, today falls to pieces.”
If you do not have a clear definition of what a great and successful day looks like, how on earth are you going to be able to have a truly great and successful day?
One of the biggest problems I see when it comes to “success”, is people want the rewards without putting in the effort.
In his book Permission Marketing, Seth Godin writes:
“You don’t win an Olympic gold medal with a few weeks of intensive training. There’s no such things as an overnight opera sensation. Great law firms or design companies don’t spring up overnight… Every great company, every great brand, and every great career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.”
The exact same holds true for you and your fitness.
We all want that overnight success, for that one week of dieting to bring us six-pack abs…
But that is not how things work…
Getting fit is done the exact same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.
In the movie 300, Gerard Butler didn’t just show up one day, then have a popping six-pack abs the next.
He worked hard day in and day out to attain those kind of results.
He focused on his diet, his workouts, his sleep… And as a result, he attained one of the best bodies in Hollywood:
If you truly want to be successful, you must first focus on making today great, so you can have a better tomorrow.
What you do today has a direct impact on tomorrow and your future.
If you are tired of being overweight and out of shape, your decisions today will impact tomorrow. Then your decisions tomorrow will impact the next day and so on…
But it starts with the today, the here and now!
I don’t care if you have already eaten 4 donuts this morning. Do not let that ruin the rest of your day.
The most important meal of the day isn’t breakfast. The most important meal is the one you are eating next!
Miss your workout yesterday or the one you were supposed to do this morning?
There is nothing you can do about those now. But you better be sure you get into the gym this afternoon for your workout.
Everything you do today has a direct impact on your future.
The question now is:
What are you doing today, to make your future a success?
Don’t wait until tomorrow to start getting healthy. Make today a great and successful day!
Give yourself no other option…
No matter what happens, turn today into the day that your life changes for the better.
Keep on pushing!
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