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Chapter 39

Make Each Day Count

Today's Empowering Quote

"I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger.  I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was stronger."
- Ronnie Lane/Ron Wood

Today's Empowering Question

"What can I do today that I would be proud to look back on at the end of my life?"

Today's Fast Session

As we mature, our minds and decision making abilities generally get better.  Meaning that we typically don't make the same beginner mistakes that we made as youths.

I'm a sports fan.  I see analogies to life in every sport and watch them in fascination, wondering about the backgrounds of the players and what makes one player a superstar when another, with equal and often greater physical ability, sits on the bench.

In sports, the body wears down just when the mind is at its peak in the sport. It reminds me of the scene in the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" when a man yells at George Bailey, 'Youth is wasted on the wrong people!'

But in most areas of life, every day can be looked at as a learning opportunity. Maybe you won't have the energy in a few years that you have today, but you can still take advantage of today knowing that you'll still be able to enjoy the benefits of your experience... unlike an athlete who's considered old at 35 in their field.

Each stage of your life has doors and windows and even walls... that can be knocked down if necessary.

If you're a long time Your Day To Win reader, you know that I believe that you should live today as if it's your last, but...

If you don't accomplish what you wanted to, drop to your knees, thank God for the gift of today and... plan for tomorrow.

Don't live there. Just plan for it.

Pat Riley, the coach of the Miami Heat, wrote in his book, 'The Winner Within' that with his championship Lakers teams of the 80's, he implored his players, each game, to do just one percent better in every area of their games.  There are a lot of areas, like passing, rebounds, steals, assists, scoring... you get the picture.

What this does is not make the task so daunting.  Only one percent! But if you add that one percent in all those areas... spell championship.

And they won a bunch of them.  They didn't allow themselves to get down if they had a bad game.  They planned for tomorrow... to improve.

This gave them positive anticipation.

I heard that in some restaurants that serve fresh fish, they put a predator in the tank with the fish.  This keeps them lively and they stay fresher. Interesting.

People are the same way.  If we just sit around and don't strrrettttch ourselves, we get stale; we lose our edge. And we're not as tasty.  Just checking to see if you're
paying attention!

Folks, life can be "long," but it's still too short to be sitting around "killing time." You're killing your life.

Breathe life into yourself instead and stop being scared of just one thing... just for today.  Do what you're scared of and you'll look back afterwards and you'll see you grew right then.

That moment you did something you can be proud stared that scary obstacle in the face.

Later you can think, "I didn't know what I was doing then, but I faked it so well that no one else knew I was full of it!! Haaaa!!"

Imaging that a few years from now, you're sitting around.  You say to the person next to you, "I was watching TV about 6 years ago at home, boy what a night!" Would you do that?

Go forward a few years and look back.   What do you want to see?

Whatever your answer is, do it!  Then do some more of it... Today.  C'mon!

Do it now while you're younger and stronger... than you'll be in a few more years.

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- I actively look for new things to learn every day
-- I actively imagine the benefits of learning new things
-- I've released the fear of learning new information
-- I easily absorb and remember new information

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