Thinking Long-Term

“When you live for the moment, the moment will always let you down.” — Tim Tebow

I believe in living life without regrets. But I also know that, if I could go back in time, knowing then what I do now, I would do some things differently. Many of the things I would’ve done differently involve decisions I made while “living in the moment.” Don’t get me wrong, I definitely believe you should live every day to its fullest. But when you’re living day to day with no plan for the future, chances are you’re going nowhere fast.

“Living in the moment” and “living for the moment” are two totally different things. When you “live in the moment,” you are taking the time needed to take everything in. You enjoy and/or learn from where you are at that time and that is important in our human experience. But when you “live for the moment,” you cannot see that there is something greater than the right now. You have no problem spending your last dollar on a video game system because you’re not thinking about how you’re going to pay your rent next week. Or more importantly, how you can save up for something that would add to your worth 15 years from now. Why is that? Because you are living in this moment.

OK. So you see that you’ve been living in the moment. How do you change that? I’ve got a few tips.

1) Identify your dreams. Where do you want to be a year from now? 5 years? 10 years? What about when you’re 50?
2) Research how the people who got what they wanted got there
3) Write out a plan of your own, putting your own spin on your success.
4) Reach out to mentor and have them look over your plan and then advise you on how you can reach your goals.
5) Start taking action. No success can come without action.  And don’t quit.  No one who has quit has ever gotten there.  If anything, you may just need to change your approach.
6) Reach back and let your story inspire others.

I’m no where near as successful as I would like to be but I have enough sense to know that this will work. And, though it might not go exactly how you plan, getting to a destination with some kind of map is better than driving blindly day to day with no compass.


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