Just one more second.
Just one more inch.
Just one more word.
Just one more dollar.
Just one more signature.
Just one more degree.
Just one more step.
Just one more note.
Just one more answer.
Just one more try.
Success isn’t measured by our performance in the moment that matters most. Success is measured in the preparation for those moments. If you needed one more second to succeed, then you didn’t prepare properly. You chose failure when you opted for rest. You picked second place for yourself, when you needed Friday off. You decided to have fewer friends when you were too busy to call someone back. Choices. Not circumstances. Not luck. Not what-ifs. Options. Decisions. Calculated specifics.
You could have done one more yesterday… but you didn’t. Much of life is like a transaction to me. If you pay in reps yesterday, you succeed in an amount based on those reps today. You can’t go back in time and make a payment just because you decided today that you want it more than you did yesterday. Pay today for what you want tomorrow. If you want a million dollars in your savings account, can you get there by putting in 1 dollar a day? NO! Why do we think we can perform miracles and ace tests we didn’t study for, win races we didn’t run, or gain acceptance we didn’t earn?
Tomorrow, you will take a test. Wouldn’t it be neat if we could pick our grade? I’m not going to promise that everyone can choose to get a 100 and then will get it. What I can promise is that if you put in enough effort to get the 100 then you will. Two things tend to happen during the training process. We either procrastinate or we accept mediocrity. Regardless of the path, some of us are still surprised at how we fell short. Can I retest? Will you curve the grade? Did you cover that, this question didn’t make sense (i.e. its someone else’s fault)?
When I read posts like this one I tend to get sad. I regret yesterday. I start the inner dialogue of frustration with myself. But I’d like to encourage us (you too) to try it from the other perspective. While its not yesterday anymore… it’s not quite tomorrow yet either. Why not do something you will thank yourself later for? Train. Study. Live. Love. Do good deeds. Embrace life so that when you can’t anymore, you savor the moments you chose. This is the anti-regret opportunity. This isn’t my only post like this. It won’t be my last. I’ve read countless others. Why? The struggle is real. The Bitter reality hurts. But the remedy is just out of your reach. Will you figure out how to get it?
Do you feel like removing the ed from needed? You can if you opt to get out of the past and live for the future. Can you do one more today? Can you go further? Will you work harder? Can’t you go faster? Don’t you want to be sharper? Those decisions are born in moments all around you. Grab that moment and make it your success story. Make it your time. Make it yours. Make it. Choices come and go so quickly. Stop pondering and start choosing. Stop blaming and start excelling. Stop excusing and start winning. In all matters of life, YOU are the one that can conquer defeat and make tomorrow a great day.
All I NEED is to choose right now that tomorrow I’m not going to regret anything.