The end of the year can be a time of great celebration or a time of stress. This year I hear more people expressing stress surrounding their current circumstances. In all cases, this negatively impacts their motivation that limits tomorrow’s potential.

Take care of today and unleash the potential of tomorrow. Today’s accomplishments lead to tomorrow’s opportunities. Your focus must be encouraging, motivating, and full of optimism if you want to make today count toward building a better tomorrow.

You might negatively state this same principle, “If you do not take care of today, you will limit the potential of tomorrow.”  Realizing today’s potential leads to gratifying accomplishments and is imperative to maintaining a healthy personal identity. Without it, you will likely experience:

  • Discouragement
  • Demotivation
  • Depression

You do not want to hand this season over to these three “D” words. As the current economic conditions drag on in a seemingly endless morass of despondency, you must continue to work in a manner that creates a more promising tomorrow regardless of your circumstances. When you lack a sense of accomplishment, you will experience the three “D’s”. When a person does not experience some degree of regular success, a lack of identity and purpose follows. This ultimately leads to feelings of insecurity and insignificance which is a major indicator that a person is experiencing depression even if they do not realize it. There are multiple causes of depression. One you need to be aware of is the lack of personal accomplishment. There is a natural progression to the three “D”s. When you allow discouragement to affect your attitude, de-motivation sets in, and depression is born. Severe depression ultimately leads to hopelessness. There is always hope so there should not be any hopeless people.

This principle is an additional point to a blog I wrote earlier this year, “Winning One Step at a Time.”  Take little steps to win today and see the blessing each day holds. This second blog on the topic of self-improvement seeks to add some hope based on the principle that today’s accomplishment actually set the stage for tomorrow’s success. I meet people every week who do not seem to have a sense of direction. I enjoy helping people and organizational leaders think about strategies to realize personal accomplishments.

There are many methods to help achieve accomplishments. Here is one simple strategy I utilize that you might find helpful to create tomorrow’s potential today.

  1. Go to bed an hour early. Getting some rest always proves beneficial.
  2. Set your alarm ten minutes early. This will allow time to think through your day and identify some simple things you can accomplish in the next sixteen hours.
  3. Make a mental note of one or two things you think you can accomplish today. You might consider putting paper and pencil by your bed to record your daily accomplishment goals as you get up.
  4. Schedule your day so that you assure yourself that you will get it done. I try to pick things I am naturally motivated to do and get at it as soon as possible.
  5. Note the accomplishment as you lie in bed at the end of the day. Take a moment to celebrate your accomplishment and anticipate tomorrow’s potential.

The size of the accomplishment is not important. This is a simple exercise to jump start your thinking and mental attitude toward motivated thinking. Successful people take care of today because they intuitively understand that it is critical to creating tomorrow’s potential. Simple strategies may not be intuitive if you struggle with the three “D’s”. Start the practice of accomplishing something each day and begin to pick bigger targets as you regain your confidence. May this be the season of your success.

What techniques do you use to keep your eyes on today’s potential?

Create Tomorrow’s Potential Today