Chasing Tomorrow

Kyle Smith

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Do you ever feel like you're chasing tomorrow (or some other point in the future)? I bet that you’ve heard that old phrase, “There are only two kinds of people in the world . . .” There are actually three kinds of people:

1. Those who are chasing yesterday.

They are living in the past, recounting the glory days of their youth and wishing things would just go back to the way they were. They don’t realize that the good old days weren’t really that great, and things will never go back to the way they were.

2. Those who are chasing today.

Their main concern is “What will make me comfortable and bring pleasure today?” They don’t invest in tomorrow’s success because it requires planning and discipline today. They would rather play now and pay later, but they don’t realize that the longer you wait to invest in tomorrow, the more it will cost.

3. Those who are chasing tomorrow.

These are the ones who understand that if you do what needs to be done today, you can enjoy a much better tomorrow. They don’t see the discipline they practice today as drudgery; they delight in the process because it’s creating a better today and tomorrow. They know every thought, action, habit, and investment they make today will pay off tomorrow.

So let me ask: What are you chasing? It's okay if you're not sure at the moment. But it's also your job to figure out what it is you want.

Are you chasing tomorrow by living in the past? If you live in the past, you're often comparing everything you see today to some point in the past. And here's the thing about the past: we often look back at it through the lens of nostalgia. What do I mean? Well, you look back at only the positive things, the pop culture or the fads or the high points, instead of the whole picture. For example, you might look back at your teenage years as a positive experience because you were young. But there are always positives and negatives for every age. Having proper perspective allows us to look at things with wisdom and to learn from the experiences.

Are you chasing today by focusing on momentary pleasures and comfort? These can take the forms of many things. Even good things. Like wanting a nicer house or car or even that shiny new tech device. These aren't bad things. But they can become your focus. I'm a guitar player, so I can easily focus on getting a new guitar. It's just like a kid wanting a new toy from the toy store. Sure it is fun for a while, but in the long run I just have more guitars and need more space. I only have two hands and can only play one guitar at a time.

Or are you chasing tomorrow by making the most of today and investing in your future, and the future of the ones you love? This approach truly stands out from the rest. I believe it leads to a happier life too.

If you’ve lost your momentum and want to get it back, you won’t it by living in the past or making today as easy as possible. You’ll only find it by imagining a better tomorrow and doing what’s necessary today to make it a reality.

The future is not determined. The truth is that the future is created. And you have the power to create your future by the thoughts, choices, attitudes and actions you focus on today.

Please make choose wisely today.

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