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July 14, 2020

Where 99% of All Human Productivity, Motivation, and Achievement is Stored

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Do you want to know where 99% of all human productivity, motivation, and achievement is stored?

It’s in this mystical land called tomorrow. Tomorrow I’ll wake up at 6am. Tomorrow I’ll start exercising every day. Tomorrow I’ll begin working on that project that I know lights me up.

It’s so easy for us to make plans for tomorrow because it doesn’t require anything from us right now. We can just stay in the comfort of non-action and in the ideas of what we want to do, because we'll get to it tomorrow. 

Well at least in my own experience, I know that’s not how it works. Tomorrow will be exactly the same. We'll schedule for the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and what we truly want to do keeps getting pushed off.

What can we do to shake out of this cycle? This is something I try to keep in mind when I recognize this slippery slope is starting to take place. I think of the quote, “Yesterday you said tomorrow.”

For me this is a powerful thought because we attach so much to our past. We reflect with disappointment when we look back at the things we could have done. We regret the time we wasted and the dreams that we neglected. It’s an emotional thought, and we can use it to trigger ourselves into taking responsive action, making today day one.

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