Today is the best day of my life.
How many of you actually wake up and say this to yourself every day?
I’ve found that treating each day as the best day of your life is a powerful way to create success in one’s own life. Each day is a chance to grow, evolve and progress that much more than yesterday. One of my mentors, a colorful Swedish man by the name of Bjorn, told me this secret several years ago and it has been my daily mantra ever since. The result has been nothing short of spectacular.
Even under the worst of circumstances, I still tell myself that today is the best day of my life. Why? Because quite simply: each day is better than the day before it – it’s just become a fact of my life. In the words of the Beatles: “I have to admit it’s getting better; it’s getting better all the time.”
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” -Jack Kornfield
You would think after working five straight days in the city from 5am-9pm including commute time, I would be tired or pissed off that I have to go to work at a second job on Saturday. In addition to working in the publishing business in Manhattan, I also wait tables locally on the weekends. While working this much might turn most people off, I have actually find it quite refreshing – even though I don’t really need the money. For me, working a so-called “remedial job” is a humbling experience which has given me greater appreciation for life in general.
I simply enjoy the fact that I have someplace to be on a Saturday. I remember one of the fellow employees at this restaurant looked at me and asked, “Why are you so happy?” I said no reason in particular, I’m just always happy.
In the present moment, happiness is a choice that we always have – no matter what we may be doing.
This person then asked me: “How can you be so happy when you’re stuck working here?” I said: “What’s so bad about working here?” He then laughed and asked me if I was kidding. Sure, it may not have been the ideal job, but hey, at least we had jobs.
It then came up where he asked me if I actually wanted to be here. I was baffled by this question because if I didn’t want to be here, then I wouldn’t be here! If I am here, then I’m going to make the best of it. He was so shocked by this, that he didn’t even believe me.
This story is a perfect example of what a huge difference your attitude and outlook on life can make. Everything this person said about his life always seemed to be totally negative. What the poor fellow didn’t realize is that it was his own negative attitude and outlook on life that was actually creating all his negative experiences.
This is what people mean when they talk about the importance of living in the now. When you recognize the present moment as the only time there is, then you can begin awakening to the love and happiness that is waiting for you in the now. Simply by acknowledging this fact, you recognize that you always have the choice to appreciate life.
In order to effectively live in the now, first you must learn to give the moment your acceptance. I don’t care what you’re doing; you need to accept the fact that you are doing it. If you are in a situation where you’re being abused, then it is your right as a human being to get out of that situation. However, if you’re just pissed off you have to be at work; then get over it. We have all incarnated in this world because there is work to be done.
The next step is to start giving the present moment your enjoyment. Really begin to take pride in what you’re doing and you will find that no matter how trivial it is, you will start to encounter even more reasons to be enjoying yourself. People you meet will pick up on your energy and begin to reflect the same positivity back to you.
Lastly, you must begin to give the present moment your enthusiasm. This part is key, as then you truly begin to live from an enlightened perspective. When you start giving your enthusiasm in the present you will find unprecedented amounts of success, peace and happiness manifesting in your life. And isn’t this what we all want?
Give it your enthusiasm.
I’m sure all of us who worked in this restaurant have higher aspirations in life. The point is, there are people who curse the present and others who use it as an opportunity to learn, grow and act as a stepping stone to the place we really want to be.
When you live a conscious life, you recognize the present as the absolute perfect place at all times no matter what you are doing. I can’t explain how great of a way to live this is. Try it sometime – matter of fact, try it all the time!
Living in the present ultimately comes down to understanding the concept of being and becoming. In other words, when we finally get to where we want to be, there is a whole new set of goals and things we want to accomplish – so how can we ever truly be satisfied?
This process of becoming seemingly makes it impossible to ever be satisfied – or does it? If we can live in the present (being) then we can always strive to grow through the process of becoming.
We are constantly striving to be better, to progress, or to accomplish some goal. Once our initial set of goals is accomplished, we then move on to the next set of goals. Start right now by writing out your goals. Write down two personal goals, two health goals and two professional goals. Refer back to these often and modify them as you accomplish what you’ve set out to do.
To be truly successful, you must become conscious of your thoughts and recognize the power of your mind to create your life. You will find the more you do this, the easier conscious living becomes and the happier and more fulfilled your life will turn out to be.
Rather than reacting to an endless barrage of random thoughts, begin to quiet your mind and focus in on the thoughts that instill in you a sense of positivity and vision for success, happiness and fulfillment. Do this often and I guarantee you will be amazed with the result.
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