Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today.

Yesterday…

Is done. Over. Finished.

Cannot be changed, unless you have a hot tub time machine or DeLorean.

Shouldn’t be forgotten, but learned from.  What went right? What went wrong?

Was composed of all the habits and choices you’ve made in the past.

Might have been the best day of your life.  Remember it fondly, but don’t live in the past.

Might have been the worst day of your life.  Move on.

tomorrowland

Tomorrow…

Hasn’t happened yet.  Stop worrying so much.

Is full of hope. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing.

Will be an opportunity to be a little bit better than you are today.

Can be planned for, but plans change.

Is a new day.  If today sucks, make tomorrow better.

Isn’t guaranteed.  Shit happens to good people.

Is an opportunity to feel sore, not sorry.

parkour

 Today on the other hand…

Can be the first day of the rest of your life, if you so choose. Choose wisely.

Is an opportunity to decide if you like the path you’re on, or if you need new direction.

Is an opportunity to start building new habits, changing the you of tomorrow.

Is an opportunity to say “yes” to something you normally say “no” to. New experiences bring growth.

Is an opportunity to say “no” to something unhealthy that’s a part of your routine.  Change is good.

Is an opportunity to make one better decision than you did yesterday, in life, love, health, or wealth.

Is an opportunity to be better than you were yesterday.

Is an opportunity to do NOW what you were going to put off until tomorrow.

Is the ONLY thing you can truly control.

Proceed accordingly.

-Steve 

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  • SLB

    Lovely, very direct to the point
    ‘proceed accordingly’ made me smile a lot :)

  • Oz

    It’s all about the Here & Now. Really nice post Sir, good stuff.

  • Nicholas Bogart

    Righteous man.  So brief and yet contains so much wisdom.  It is a good refresher for our lives

  • MattWL

    Best Day til Tomorrow

  • Ryan

    As a wise turtle from a movie once told me….”Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” 

  • Pallas Athena

    Nicely said, Steve! I like to remember that yesterday doesn’t exist anymore, tomorrow doesn’t exist yet, so today is all there is. Or, put another way, yesterday is only a memory, tomorrow is only a dream, but “today is a gift–that’s why it’s called the present.” (quote from the wise old turtle in Kung Fu Panda).

    Thanks for this post!

  • Dollface

    Perfectly said.

  • http://twitter.com/abhishekap3 Abhishek Pillai

    Exactly what I needed to hear today

  • http://www.facebook.com/thehealthsessions/ Jennifer

    Great truths and reminders, thank you Steve! 

  • catherine marshall

    Perfect timing!!! <3 <3

    This was my Facebook status yesterday afternoon:

    I have gained back 10 pounds of the 30 that I
    lost last year. Things started to go wrong in September and have gone
    down hill since then. I am completely not on track anymore.
    Here is what I have done wrong:
    Used "it's harder in winter" as an excuse to eat unhealthy
    Used "I have a cold" as an excuse to eat unhealthy
    Stopped hiking "because of the cold/rain/snow"
    Stopped working out, first because of being sick, then because I was out of the habit I've started eating sweets more and more and I have been eating WAY more bread. When I think about getting back on track I have been saying "I need to…" or "I should…" That changes NOW! From now on I will say "I will…" or "I am…" because I am doing it, not thinking about doing it. I will take action. TODAY. Please, friends, help keep me in line. Let's try for another 30 pounds :) I'm going to start weekly updates again, like I was doing before. Watch out for them! :)

  • http://www.valueofsimple.com/ Joel Zaslofsky

    Steve,
    These short (in text) posts are among my favorites. I vividly remember The Nerd Fitness “Advice Column” (http://nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/08/26/quick-advice/) and the “It Will Never Be” article (http://nerdfitness.com/blog/2011/11/07/it-will-never-be/).
    For those of you who are reading this and have never seen Steve’s similar articles, check ‘em out. If this got you fired up, those will too!
    P.S. I’m cranking out a round of squats, push-ups, planks, and mountain climbers in a moment.

  • Heather Chansler

    It’s Space Mountain!!!

  • http://improvingkrys.wordpress.com/ Krys

    Truly, there must be something in the air – I posted a very similar (though shorter) message today, too!

  • nebtlly

    Hah!  I just now (like three hours ago) learned how to say “yesterday, tomorrow, today” in Spanish from the resident abuelita of the kitchen I work in.  And then (incredibly brokenly, I know) I told her “Sesenta mañanas y yo no soy aqui mas.  Yo vamos a Ireland.”

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  • http://rushfitworkout.com/ Jeff

    Live for the moment, pain is in the past and the future :)

  • Jtipton58

    Profound, concise, and filled with eternal truths. Well said.

  • Joshua Marquina

    Inspiring indeed. Thanks a lot Mr. Steve!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrissa.hunt Chrissa Hunt

    Thanks Steve, I needed this today. I feel like I’ve been falling off the wagon lately so I printed this out and posted it by my desk to remind me often. You always do have the best advice.

  • http://thefitpinoy.com/ malds

    Nice. Awesome life direction post. 

  • Me

    This needs a print feature so you can print stuff without all the other stuff

  • http://civilstatistician.wordpress.com/ Jerzy

    But getting over yesterday is only half the fun:

    http://buttersafe.com/2010/10/07/get-over-it/

  • Firstbehealthy

    Great post and perfect reminder of reality.

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  • dennisj424

    Sums up everything that we strive to be.  Everything we try to pass on to the next generation.  And everything my parents tried, oh so hard to pass on to me.

    Thanks for the reminder.  We forget way too often.

  • Ruth Ruane

    wow what a great looking blog with some really interesting information. perfect for my clients at http://www.wheatgrassorganic.ie

  • IJ del’autrerive

    You forgot that you can also go back in time if you have a TARDIS or a vortex manipulator.

    Nerd cramp resolved. Sorry. Love your work. Moving on to read the article now…

  • Lennon Patton

    Love it! And wish you would post your new content into Google+! :)

  • D_chelyst

    Try something like “Sesenta mañanas y yo no voy a estar aqui.  Voy a Ireland.”

  • http://AFATBURNINGFURNACEREVIEW.COM/ Chris

    I head someone say: “It’s about leaving a trail of awesome yesterdays”  

    Your post sums it up pretty well I reckon :)

  • Bekatcrave

    Great post. Short and to the point- but really powerful! Also it’s great for someone like me with anxiety :)

  • Chi Orozco

    Irlanda ;)

  • cor

    Thank you so much, I looked at the first words and said, wow…so glad yesterday is over and tomorrow will come.

  • http://cnatrainingclass.co/ Bryan

    Today is a gift that is why it is called present. Time is your best investment. Make it count.

  • http://breastactivesrecap.com/ Yamato

    that’s awesome to experience from the day. You can learn the think from past like yesterday. Hoping the things for tomorrow. And do something useful for today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Schreier/560305080 Peter Schreier

    I want this on a poster
     

  • Heather Thompson

    I totally agree!

  • John

    NIce article. I enjoyed this short post.  Today is the most important time! it’s when you make the most difference. I think about this all the time especially when i have the opportunity to say, eat a donut because I can’t be bothered to cook a meal i say to myself, what effect will this have on me in the long run? how will it make me feel? And works for me! I go straight to making a decent meal!

    I’m also applying this to my start up and my productivity has sky rocketed!

  • Frank

    Great !!!
    Thanks for reminding me.
    Time to kick it into gear.
    Have a great day, Steve

  • CJ

    “Proceed accordingly” is my new catch phrase! I agree with most of the comments, that these short, but inspiring posts are awesome. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Mark Maslow

    Thank you, Steve!

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