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Today is the day for you to take charge of your life. Today is the day to stop worrying. Today is the day to stop making excuses. Today is the day to set goals. Today is the day to ignore what other people say, think, or do. Today is the day you stop putting things off.

Nothing changes until you make changes. Dreams become reality because of the action you take. Eliminating worry is a good place to start. Worry drains your energy and wastes time, without accomplishing anything positive. You worry about the past and about the future.

The past is over. There is nothing you can do to change it. Time can not be turned back. Don't dwell in the past or complain about it. Energy lamenting any aspect of your past is wasted.

The past is a learning experience. The past teaches you what you have done that works and what has not. Your objective is to repeat effective strategies while avoiding ineffective ones. Too often, the reverse approach is taken; the things that have worked are ignored while repeating mistakes.

Worrying about the future is as useless as worrying about the past. Of course you should be concerned about your future. You also want to be prepared for your future. The key is taking action today in order to attain your desired position tomorrow. Dreaming, wishing, and hoping are all passive activities. Only through action will you be able to affect your future.

There will be action you take today that will not pay off immediately. However, if you don't start today, nothing will ever happen. Reaching your goals takes persistence, tenacity, perseverance, and patience. Each day devote some time to working toward your goals.

This daily routine is a key to success. There is no way to know exactly how long it will take. The only certainty is that giving up ensures failure. Once you stop taking action, all progress grinds to an immediate halt.

Excuses justify failure. Blaming other people or circumstances traps you. You can not control your environment and you certainly have no control over what other people say, think, or do. Today is the day to find reasons to succeed instead of making excuses for failure.

Today is the day to stop caring about other people's opinions about your life. Negative comments are far more common than encouragement. All successful people have been faced with, and ignored, negative criticism. There is no obligation for you to justify your goals or aspirations. You are free to live as you chose.

Goals enable you to chart a path to a desired destination. Without goals, you have no idea where you will wind up. Today is the day to set goals, if you don't have any. If you do have goals, take some time to ensure that they are current. You change over time and your goals need to be adjusted to be in alignment with your desires.

One essential consideration is that your goals must be your own. Goals imposed on you by someone else offer little satisfaction if achieved. You may face pressure from others as to the direction your life should take. Your happiness is substantially enhanced when you follow your own path.

Today is the day to take responsibility for your life. Make an accurate and honest assessment of where you are right now and the direction you are headed. Determine if any changes are needed. If they are, today is the day to take the necessary action. Today is your most important day.

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. © 2014 Bryan Golden




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