Cherish Today

As I sat at my desk this morning thinking about 2010 and 2011, I glanced up at a small frame on my wall. That frame contains a beautiful picture of a pathway leading through a lush forest. Underneath that image, there is large text that reads:

Yesterday Is But A Dream.

Tomorrow, A Vision Of Hope.
Look To This Day For It Is Life.

As I read this, I couldn’t help but stop and say a few simple “Thank You’s” to God for the gift of each passing day. For the ability to celebrate in each days accomplishments and learn from their disappointments. But even greater, to experience the joy of being alive and be reminded that TODAY is life.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. TODAY is the day that we are fully present, here and now.

It’s easy to get caught up worrying about the past. Focusing on things that have hurt us or gone wrong in our lives… things that we can let create a wall that blocks us from experiencing the joys of TODAY.

On the contrary, it’s also easy to spend too much time planning for the future… trying to achieve or accomplish rather than embracing the simplicity of enjoying the life that is abundantly surrounding us… right here, right now… in this very moment.

Now I am not saying that planning for the future or reflecting on the past is bad but when I read this message it reminded me that balance is important. We must discover how to not only learn from the past and plan for the future but also Cherish Today, for today is the day that we are given the gift of life.

So this week, be encouraged to…

Stop living in the past.
Stop living in the future.

Live Today.

Call that friend or family member who you’ve been thinking about. Stop and play with your kids. Take a break from your computer and walk outside and just sit and soak up the beauty of the world that surrounds you. Tell your spouse you love them.

You might even try taking out a sheet of paper and writing down 10 things you are thankful for today. Post that note somewhere you can see it so that when you have one of those “not so great days” you’ll have a visible reminder of just how insignificant that “not so great day” really is.

How will you Cherish Today?

Stacking Bricks (Building Something Worthwhile)

If you want to stack 10 bricks, you have to start by stacking 2.

It’s just like anything else in life and in business.

If you want to get there, you have to start here.

The temptation is to try and jump ahead (to cut corners and take shortcuts).

But that’s where the danger is.

When you lay those first 2 bricks you are laying the foundation for the rest.

Those first 2 are important, often critically.

If the first 2 aren’t laid right, the other 8 won’t stand.

That’s why if you want to build something worthwhile, you have to start with a strong foundation. Regardless if that something is a team, a vision, a product, or a dream… if your foundation is right, what you build on top of it will be more likely to last.


A Formula for Getting Results: D + S = R

“Success” means different things to different people and can take on many shapes and forms.

Regardless of how you define it and what stick you use to measure it, success is ultimately about results.

More specifically, about achieving desired results.

Let’s be honest, there’s no shortage of people with a desire but desire alone won’t cut it. There’s something else that’s needed to bridge the gap between wanting something and making it become a reality.

Think about it as a formula for getting results…

D + S = R

Desire + ____ = Results

How many of you reading this right now have a dream, passion, goal or “want” that you’ve back burnered for far too long? The desire is there but what’s stopping you from pursuing and achieving it?

As I think about that question, I think about what separates those who make results happen versus those who don’t.

I believe the answer can be found in what’s missing from the equation above.


Desire + Sacrifice = Results

Sacrifice is the hard part. It’s the sweat, the risk of giving up what is comfortable, the chance of failure and losing something along the way, the early mornings, the late nights, the choice between Tofu and Cheetos, the gym versus the couch, the second job versus watching TV, the hours and hours of training, the investment and the pain.

Sacrifice, in this context, is giving up something today so that we can have something better tomorrow… but it stops many of us in our tracks.

Sacrifice might be easier if we knew the desired results were guaranteed but they’re not. It’s this pursuit of something that could or could not be that takes faith, perseverance and a discipline to keep moving forward.

Is it worth it? Ask anyone who’s finally made it but only you can answer that question for yourself. Only you can know if your desire is strong enough to overcome what stands in the way.

Sacrifice isn’t easy but then again, the pursuit of something worthwhile rarely is. Without sacrifice the formula will always remain incomplete.

The good news is that you CAN do it. Don’t let anyone else tell you that you can’t. Don’t let the fear that sacrifice brings stop you. Don’t bow down to the resistance. Focus on making your desire bigger than anything else that stands in the way and be willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to achieve the results you are looking for.

D + S = R

Desire + Sacrifice = Results

What about you? Is your desire big enough? Are you willing to give something up today in pursuit of something better for tomorrow?