I know one thing for sure, you don’t want to look back one day while uttering the useless phrase “If only I….”
The next worse phrase I know is “I should have …”
What you “should have done,” “could have done,” or “might have done” to arrive on today’s calendar page is a waste of time. Opportunities viewed through the rear view mirror are nothing more than empty wishes…“yesterday’s news.”
Yesterday is a memory. Tomorrow is a dream. Today is your reality. The only question worth asking is what can you to do today to make a difference? What can you do right now to help your cause?
Here is a graphic reminder for you. It is embedded in my mind and serves as a constant reminder of just how fleeting time is. I found myself watching a TV commercial depicting a grandfather surrounded by three of his grandchildren. With a toy Harley Davidson motorcycle in hand, he was telling the kids about the days he was thinking about riding through the Colorado Rocky Mountains on two wheels. One of his grandchildren asked him if he indeed saddled up, and pointed his “hog” toward the west.
He sheepishly paused before informing them, in what appeared as slight embarrassment, that he had invested in aluminum-siding instead.
The kids immediately lost interest in “pops,” and retreated inside to seek more memorable experiences from their grandma. A close up on the old guy showed a man looking disheartened. Fade to black.
The lesson was clear. Eliminate the “should haves” and the “could haves,” and focus on the “done-dids.”
Today, and for the rest of the year, make it your business to notch your belt with a few “cool” attempts at landing some new business. Make some decisions that will add spice to your resume while putting a little bounce in your step. Go ahead. Stick your neck out a bit, and live life on the edge for the rest of the year. You will find that it won’t hurt and that it will make better stories for your grandkids.
Mike Marchev has plenty of stories, strategies and tactics to keep you on top of your game.
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