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Ways to Make Today Count

“This new day has greeted us with no rules; unconditional opportunity. Do not dilute the power of this new day with the hardship of yesterday. Greet this day the way it has greeted you; with open arms and endless possibility.” – Steve Maraboli

It’s easy to fall into the trap of surrendering your today to yesterday’s struggles or even tomorrow’s worries. You get caught up in the rhythm of life, missing out on the opportunities today has to offer. When you realize you only have one dash to live, you start to discover that making the most of the day you’re in is crucial. Today is a blank slate, a place of endless opportunity, and your key to living a meaningful dash. 

Learning to make today count isn’t as impossible as it sounds. There are steps you can take, both big and small, to begin taking advantage of what each day is offering. If you need some help along the way, here are some ideas of ways you can make today count.

Cultivate Gratitude

Start each day by focusing on the people, places, and things for which you are thankful. When you live from a place of gratitude, you’re less likely to dwell on the past or be worried about what’s to come. As you make gratitude a habit, stretch this practice into your entire day by intentionally finding or noticing small things that brighten your day. Part of making today count is appreciating what each day has to offer instead of wishing it away.

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis

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Prioritize What’s Important

Maybe you want to spend more time with yfamily? Or perhaps you need to find more time to rest? Make a list of what’s truly important to you in this season and do one thing each day that contributes to something on the list. It doesn’t have to be a grand act to matter. Taking small, intentional steps toward your priorities is a great way to make today count. 

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” ― Stephen R. Covey

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Do Something That Scares You

You know that thing you’ve been saying you’ll do later? The something that ends up becoming a someday when you talk about it? Take a step toward it today. One small step toward something that will always be a someday dream if you let it. Life is short, and each day is a fantastic opportunity to pursue meaningful ventures. Perhaps it’s dreaming of a name for a business you’ve envisioned? Maybe it’s picking up a new hobby that excites you, but you’re scared you won’t be any good? Dare to do something that scares you. Today is always a better option than someday, and taking those steps shows how much you value making the most of today. 

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

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These are just a few examples of ways you can make today count. It doesn’t matter what you do, all that matters is you recognize the potential that awaits you each and every day. Every moment in your dash matters, even what feels average to you is significant in the bigger picture of your life. Don’t lose days to re-living the past or worrying about what’s to come, because you’re somewhere more important: you’re in today.

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