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Today is the day to start doing all those things you have been putting off.  Today is the day to begin making the changes necessary to get you moving in your desired direction.  Today is the day you acknowledge your responsibility for your life.

“I'll get to it later.  I'll do it someday.  I'm waiting for the right circumstances.  I'm not ready yet.  I've had some bad experiences.  I don't know what I want.”  The excuses for putting things off are many.  Yet, the results are always the same; nothing changes and nothing is accomplished.

You've heard it before and it's true.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  Today is the day to make changes, grow, and improve.  Life is not a practice run.  If procrastination was an effective strategy, everything you have been putting off would have gotten accomplished by now.

Make each day count.  Live life to its fullest.  Enjoy each moment.  Don't look at life as an endurance test.  Time goes by much too fast.  Truly appreciate all the things you have to be thankful for.  Focus on abundance, not lack.

In order to get what you want, leave your comfort zone.  Accomplishment requires risk.  Although success is never guaranteed, failure is ensured by doing nothing or giving up. 

Learn something new.  Your education is a lifelong pursuit.  With knowledge comes freedom.  With freedom there are options.  The more you know, the better your decisions will be.  Starting today, make a commitment to spend 20 minutes each week learning just one new thing.

Continually looking for ways to improve is an investment in yourself that constantly pays off.  There is always something that can be fine-tuned and enhanced.  Strive for excellence in everything you do.

Define your goals.  Decide what you want out of life.  Without specific destinations, you will drift and flounder.  You will always wind up somewhere.  Goals help ensure it's where you really want to be.

Shake things up a bit.  Change your routine.  Do something different.   Do what you are afraid of.    Take the first step toward a goal you have been putting off.  Nothing different will happen in your life until you take action to make it happen.

Once you get started, keep going.  Never, ever give up.  Learn from your mistakes.  There is a solution for every problem.  Forward is the direction that matters.  Persistence is the key to success.  Intention only works when combined with action. 

Stop worrying.  It's draining, useless, and a waste of time that never accomplishes anything positive.  Replace worry with action.  Identify what needs to be done and then start doing it.

Don't complain.  Whining prolongs agony.  Identify a problem only once and then spend all of your time and energy working toward a solution.  You will feel so much better once an issue is resolved.

Treat everyone with courtesy and respect.  Say please and thank you.  Show your appreciation for the things others do for you.  Say you’re sorry when you are wrong or make a mistake.  Your interaction with others has a direct impact on what you attract.

Live in the present.  Don’t waste time lamenting the past.  You can’t go back in time.  The past teaches you what to avoid and what to repeat.  The actions you take today determine where you will be tomorrow.

Your age doesn’t matter.  You will never be as young as you are today.  Today is the day you take control of your life.  Today is the day you move into the driver’s seat and take the wheel.  Today is the day that matters.

NOW AVAILABLE:  "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book.  Visit or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at or write him c/o this paper.  2013 Bryan Golden




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