March 10th, 2014 - by: Marc Chernoff
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today. Let us begin.”
This morning I received a new thank you email from a reader named Claire. She said our blog and book helped motivate her while she was fighting cancer over the past 18 months. Although her entire email was both heartbreaking and inspiring, this one paragraph made me pause and reflect on my own life:
“When I found out that I may had breast cancer, the strangest thing happened… It seemed as though I was given a new set of eyes. Suddenly I looked around at my life in the face of possible death, and my life seemed so full of color and happiness. And I began to pray that I would beat my cancer and have more time to enjoy it.”
I think this is such a bold reminder that far too many of us wait too long to live our best lives. We keep putting everything off until tomorrow. Then, before we know it, we find ourselves asking, “How did it get so late so soon?”
Thankfully, for Claire, the final line of her email read, “I’m happy to report that my Oncologist just gave me a clean bill of health this morning. Right now I’m cancer-free! I’m just so grateful I get to implement the positive principles you’ve taught me, as I dive headfirst into my second chance at life.”
So let’s wake up! ALL OF US! If you can read this, it’s not too late. Like Claire, make today the beginning of your second chance at life. Take time to figure yourself out. Take time to realize what you want and need. Take time to take risks. Take time to love, laugh, cry, and learn. Life is shorter than it often seems. Here are 30 must-do’s you can start working on today:
- Accept every unique piece of yourself. – The secret to happiness and success is the acceptance of yourself. You will never become who you want to be if you rely on everyone else to qualify you. Own yourself completely, just the way you are, flaws and all. Once you love and accept even the worst possible version of yourself, you are free. So always go with yourself, never against yourself. Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire.
- Make yourself a priority. – Truth be told, there are only a few people in this world who will stay 100% true to you, and YOU should be one of them. Prioritize your own needs into your daily to-do’s. Keep reading →