What You Have vs. What You Want: How to Win the Present and The Future
As the day comes to an end, the fake smile plastered on your face starts to wear off. You keep looking at the time, waiting for the day to be over. You imagine other places you’d rather be or other things you’d rather be doing.
It’s a cycle for you, and you can’t help but feel miserable. Each day you feel guilty for being like this because other people have told you to be grateful since the majority of the world are experiencing worse.
These thoughts run in your mind all day, and while you know they’re not exactly complaints, you’re itching for something more in life. There has to be more than this routine you’re almost sick of.
You want fulfillment.
Looking at your present situation, you can’t imagine doing what you’re not passionate about every day.
Seeing it as a drag won’t help either, right?
Think of right now and what you want to pursue. There are ways to be happy with what you have while pursuing what you want.
Look around you and be grateful for your blessings.
The moment you wake up in the morning, be thankful for another day and another opportunity to live your life. Instead of your habit of dreading the day, start doing the opposite and be grateful for at least one thing per day.
You can keep a journal, write on your blog, record an audio or a video, and you’ll be surprised with how blessed you truly are. Most of the time we take the things around us for granted and ignore their importance until they’re gone.
Appreciate everything that you have right now.
Stop comparing yourself to other people.
There it is again. Your best friend got promoted at work. Your classmates from high school are putting up businesses. Your exes are traveling the world, and you’re thinking, “Nothing has changed about me.”
Stop that right now.
Each of us is a work in progress, and are constantly changing.
We are never the exact person we were last year, and we shouldn’t beat ourselves up for not accomplishing the same thing as another person.
You see, we all have our own “time zones.” Just because somebody became CEO at 25, doesn’t mean we have to be. There are many factors at play in a person’s life, and what should matter is how we see ourselves.
I remember practicing a business pitch I had to do for a competition in school in front of my college professor.
While watching, he mentioned wishing he did things differently when he was younger.
Most older folks have that regret, but like I said earlier, we all have our own time zones.
If he did things differently, our paths would probably never cross.
I probably won’t have anyone to call, “a supportive teacher who genuinely cares about my success as a business student.”
If he did things differently, his support that continues to change the way I do things won’t be here today.
He probably wouldn’t be changing his students lives like he does in the present.