“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. “
“Learn from the past” …. wisdom
“detailed goals for the future” … intention
“live in the moment” … action
Use the past to learn, understand and grow. Let the past be the soil for growth. Use the future to dream, to hope, to plan and to aspire to. Let the future be the energy for success. Use the present to gain strength, confidence and a sure footing. Let the present be the moment you act.
So often the past is only filled with regret and anger. Take a few minutes and listen to the words others speak. What are they really saying? What are you hearing, listen closely and don’t speak, just listen. What do you hear? “If I”, “I could have …”, “I should have …. “, “I would have …”, those are the words of dreams that were put in a box and never allowed to live. The words “if”, “could”, “should”, “would” leave a person powerless to change the present to live in a better future.
The future is filled with hope, with dreams and with desire. The future is also filled with unkempt promises and commitment. The future is a place called “tomorrow” and while it holds the dreams of every man it also holds captive the action required to make those dreams alive.
Now, this very moment, is a time for action. It is a place where dreams unfold and color takes the place of black and white. It is a place where magic can happen if action is taken. Now is a point in time where dreams unfold and become real. The present is a time of movement, a time of choice, and a time of responsibility, it is a place where a person isn’t held captive.
What are you doing now to pursue your dreams and goals? If you are holding on to the pain of the past you aren’t growing. If you are tied to the hope of the future you aren’t moving. Only in the present can we adjust the sails of the ship. Only in the present can we experience the wind in our face. Only in the present can we take steps to live the life we want to live.
What are you doing right now, right now, to live the life you desire to live? What choices are you making that will allow you to live that life you hold captive in your dreams? What is stopping you if you aren’t taking the steps that lead you closer to living a full life?