“Tomorrow” is a key word in the language of addiction and remaining stuck
“Tomorrow I will…” is self manipulation and lying.
Tomorrow allows a slip of the collar that encircles what needs to be done right now
Tomorrow is an ephemeral hopeful wistful flower we pluck and crush underfoot
Tomorrow is the dream of the optimist and the crutch of the weak
Tomorrow should be banished from the language of today
“Now” is the only time to begin anything
Now is the moment. It is the scruff of the neck by which we drag ourselves to the carpet of possibility and potential
And then learn the habit of showing up repeatedly, by showing up repeatedly
Now is the the gift, the hope and the only timeframe in which we can accomplish anything
Now is all we have got and the only place and time we can be focused powerfully
As a life long procrastinator and frequent self delusionist my new mantra has become “The moment has arrived” and then I get things done
True story! If you want to arrive at a place of productivity and inner satisfaction welcome to the moment, it is here, let’s begin whatever it is you want to achieve – and banish the word tomorrow from your vocabulary – it serves nobody except those who peddle in fridge magnet to do lists and calendars.
When I say to myself “today I want to write 2000 words on my book” it creates a sense of urgency to get it over and done with. When I say “tomorrow I want to write 2000 words on my book” it’s a kind of vague and comfortable goal that makes me feel like I am still going to achieve something, just not yet.
This can be the problem with setting an intention for the future but not focusing the impetus in the present. It is the trouble with journalling and to do lists and calendars.
Perhaps we write a desirable future dated outcome down, and then some slippery part of brain lets us off the hook in the moment. It gives us a false sense of relief. The next day, if we don’t follow through on the promise to ourselves, then we fall short of our own expectations for ourselves. That lack of integrity becomes a self defeating trap we fall into repeatedly until we don’t even believe ourselves anymore.
And if we don’t believe ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to have faith in our ability?