Finding Success by Making the Most of Today

Do you every find yourself waiting for “Someday”?  “That allusive ‘Someday.’  Someday, when life isn’t so hard.  Someday, when I have more money.  Someday, when I’m not that busy.  Someday, when I get married.  Someday, when I have kids.  Someday, when I retire.  Someday, when my house is paid off.  Someday, when I get a chance to relax.  Someday, when things are easier.  Someday is like a dangling carrot.  You chase and hope, falsely believing you might actually get a chance to appreciate it.  But for some reason, it’s never within your grasp.  However, its possibility and potential seem so strong and so achievable that you continue to believe the lie that someday, life actually will get better.” (Excerpt from RAW Inner Workings of a Reawakened Soul pg.124)  It’s easy to succumb to the evasive chase of “Someday”—putting things on the back burner, waiting for a better opportunity or better timing to finally dust off those “great ideas” you’ve been wanting to do since forever ago. 

I am realizing that a successful life is not made up of major events and milestones.  Although, these are noteworthy successes and deserving of recognition, most of life is made up of the small moments in between.  Success doesn’t just happen.  It doesn’t just develop out of thin air.  Success is conceived, cultivated, and birthed from ordinary people making the most of today.  Successful people live the small moments of life with intentionality.  Whether it be the mundane tasks, the zillions of small conversations and passing comments, the Thursday night dinners, the Saturday morning soccer practice, the fiftieth load of laundry—there is an overarching drive to reach the goals set before them. 

Successful people have exposed the lie of “Someday” and embraced the power of “Today.”  Even though life is mostly composed of subtle, lack-luster, non-instagramable moments, it is in the present moment that the most potential exists.  Life builds on itself and although we cannot control many circumstances that impact our trajectory, we can control our goals, our priorities, and our plans.

Goals set the course for successful living.  When you chase after “Someday” you haven’t spoken your goal into existence.  “Someday” ambitions are soft deadlines and wishful thinking.  Goals are targets designed to help you aim straight and stay centered.  The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5).  Goals require diligence and vision.  “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law” (Proverbs 29:18).  The successful person sets mini-goals for a day to reach the milestone goal ahead. 

Priorities help deter distractions.  So many things, even good and godly things, vie for our attention.  It’s hard to sort the “good” from the “best,” yet it is essential.  In order to capitalize on the potential of “Today,” we must clarify our priorities.  Maybe the priority is to complete one small task to your mini-goal.  Maybe the priority is to turn off the TV and spend quiet time praying about your next steps.  Maybe the priority is to write out a “to-do” list and stop the social media scroll or maybe it’s to exercise instead of munch on junk.  Prioritizing what is important to your goal helps you sort what to keep and what to nix, which can be hard to determine.  But always remember that your top priorities first and foremost, must include God.  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).  I’ve been there. I get it.  When life gets busy and dreams get big, the first thing to get slowly pecked down the priority list is God.  Resist the temptation, because more than ever He needs to be a part of your goal setting, priorities, and planning.  Cut out time (even if it is just a little) to talk and hear from God.  Surround yourself with a community of friends who will remind you of His truths and read the Good Book, even if it is only a paragraph a day.  We weren’t meant to live this life apart from Him—invite Him into your day.

Lastly, successful people plan.  They plan their day, they plan their week…they plan their year.  Time is precious so they know that unplanned days lead to squandered time and missed opportunities.  But as they plan, they keep an open hand—open to what God may change about their plans.  “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3).  People who prayerfully submit their plans to God, ensure that God is their true vision and receive His guidance every step of the way.  This is essential for true success.

Make today count.  There are no guarantees about tomorrow, the next month or next year so stop waiting for “Someday” and maximize the present.  And above all, don’t do it alone—let God be your “Daily Planner” as you press on toward your goals and His.  “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).

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