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Turning ''Someday'' into Today

It’s time for some cold, hard facts:
  • You’re not going to be able to read every book that you want
  • You’ll never have time to watch all of your favorite shows
  • The house will never be clean enough
  • There will always be another errand to run
  • The grass will continue to grow
  • Everything you buy will need to be dusted, repaired, maintained or disposed of in some way

This is not a critique of any lack of organizational skills on your part, or a reason to give up altogether. Rather, it’s a statement of freedom.

When you know that life will still be waiting for you tomorrow—no matter what—it gives you the freedom to make today count as much as possible. "Someday" is right now. Anytime. And that can be exciting, if you let it.

If we ever hope to reach our biggest goals (especially weight loss goals), we have to start making some tough choices. We have to start giving ourselves permission to ignore one thing—or several things—for the sake of something more important. What can be more deserving of our time?

Obviously, there are some realities of living that require attention. We need to work, eat, sleep and care for our families. Beyond that, though, everything is optional. The choices are completely yours. If you feel you don’t have time to pursue your healthy lifestyle goals, you can do something about it by making those tough decisions.

It’s difficult to accept this idea. We’ve grown up in a world not used to saying "no" or doing without. By now, we’re used to being pulled in 43 different directions. We’re uncomfortable with the idea that we may just have to let something slide. The trouble is, we get so caught up in trying to do everything that we retreat inside ourselves. We get tunnel vision on the next task and lose sight of other people and what’s important. In a pursuit of happiness, that’s a futile strategy. The only way you can be in two places at once is if your name is Dolly and you’re a cloned sheep.

I come before you today to give you permission to start letting go.

Someone smarter than me once said, "You can have everything. You just can’t have everything right now!" To reach your goals and live the life you want, it takes priorities and patience—the ability to choose between two competing wishes, and the willingness to set one aside for now and wait.

You can build the path that you want to walk on, and decide which steps to take. It’s important to you—to your health, your goals and your family—that you take some time to exercise and plan healthy meals. You should treat it that way and give yourself permission to take that time without feeling guilty. The irony is that by being healthy and taking time from your schedule, you’ll be able to take care of more of that "other" stuff in the long run.

Besides, is anything on your to-do list really more important than your health? When it comes down to it, those choices may not be so tough after all.

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I love this! True. It is all about choices and decisions. Report
Now that I am coming out of the shock of being told that I have COPD and that my days are numbered I need to turn my somedays into today. Report
A view like that it would be easy to get started in a workout routine today. It's harder in a cement jungle but not impossible. I'm doing it. Report
I always have had great explanations about my obesities. The truth: I must not want it enough. Thank you for this article. I want it to help all of us! Report
2016 became the year for Me. I have been exercising for 8 months now and I love it. It's finally become part of my life, and not just when it's convenient. Report
I struggle with balance...I do make time for ME but I am still pushed to the max, exhausted and behind on things that need to be done. Things fall to the wayside...like right no, there is no food to cook in this house. I try to cut back on things but it seems like it just keeps getting worse. I need like a month off work to catch up! Report
Good read. I need to have balance in my life. Must remember to put myself at the top of my to do list. 😊 Report
Thank you for this article! I really needed this. Report
What a great article! I needed to hear this today! Report
Great article. Report
I'm on the list! Without me being on it nothing else gets done. Great article. Report
This is an outstanding reminder that we have to put ourselves on our OWN priority lists. I have saved and shared this and will re-read again when I need a reminder. Report
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Mike Kramer
Mike Kramer
As a writer and artist, Mike has witnessed countless motivational stories and techniques. See all of Mike's articles.
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