What you don’t do today, you won’t do tomorrow

I’m always one for “do what you can, with what you have, right now”.

So, when talking to Simona about our future, and saying things like “Yeah, we’ll go for a walk every day“, it occurred to me that we needn’t wait until we’re in that “perfect place” for walking (e.g. in a hot country, with lots of fresh air surrounding us); we should start right here, in the middle of the city.

A morning walk in Battersea Park – a little oasis in London

And, when worrying about “not having the time now” to do it, I had to ask myself; “Well, if you’ve not time now, when do you expect to have time?“.

Often, we put off things, even “simple ones”, pushing them back into some far-flung dream “future”.

But if we don’t start doing those things today, pretty quick that “future” comes around, and we’re still putting them off into the next future…which never comes!

So, we’ve now managed to maintain three weeks of walking every day. It’s just round the local park (which, thankfully, happens to be a beautiful one) and only for about 4km, but it’s something we can do, right here and right now.

Battersea Park Pond on the first day of Spring!

Which means, when “the future” comes and it’s time for our walks…we’re already doing them!

Now we’re free to plan other new things for our future (…and then start doing those today too!).

Another way of looking at it;

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The only way to achieve your goals (even if they are as simple as a little walking exercise each day) is to begin them today, not “at some point”.

But beginning today doesn’t mean completing, or doing them to your full potential straight away – if your goal is to run a marathon, you don’t need to run a marathon today…but you do need to start it, even if it’s only for five minutes.

Then, day by day, you can build up the stamina, the skill, the ability to achieve your goal.

Day by day you’ll be getting closer to your point of success, even if it takes you years.

As Earl Nightingale said:

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.

After all:

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So, now we’ve got the habit of the walks under our belts, we’ve started adding a little bit of simple martial arts training into them too (10 minutes of Tai Chi Chuan forms practice), something we’ve been “talking about” doing for ages!

Because we already have a routine (of walks), it’s much easier to build on that platform, than start from scratch.

And that is progress!

P.S. What future goal do you have that you could start moving towards with a specific action today, even if that action isn’t necessarily the ultimate goal itself? Let me know in the comments section below!

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