Making each day your masterpiece means focusing on what you are doing right now to the best of your ability.
It is about recognizing that nothing can be done about what happened yesterday, and that you can only affect what will happen tomorrow by what you do today.
A useful application of this wisdom is to apply it to where you are at each moment. For example, rather than dwelling on that horrible officiating call or obsessing over what went wrong the last time, try to keep your mind right where you are now and focus on the positive things that surround you. Let go of the past, be it a week ago or an hour ago; don’t fret about the future, be it next week or next year. Apply this wisdom in small doses throughout your day and by the end of it you will have your masterpiece.
If you could work twice as hard tomorrow, why wouldn’t you work twice as hard today?
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you could make up for today’s lack of effort by working twice as hard tomorrow. By tomorrow, today’s masterpiece opportunity is gone. Moreover, if you could work twice as hard tomorrow, why wouldn’t you work twice as hard today?
A key element to mastering your masterpiece is preparation and discipline, be planned and execute a consistent, disciplined daily list and aim to be organized in the same manner.
Try to schedule precise timeslots so that every necessary element is covered and every minute is used efficiently. A clearly defined set of goals makes distraction a less formidable opponent a masterpiece day is part of a well-executed plan.
- “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
- “Don’t worry about things you can’t control because they may adversely affect the things you can control.”
- “Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.”
- “Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control, good judgment and common sense are essential.”
- “You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
Part of that good judgment and common sense is essential for a masterpiece day including thinking about the immediate needs of other people, too.
So discipline yourself, focus on the here and now without allowing yourself to become distracted by days gone by. Love and help one another to succeed without any expectation of remuneration. Plan every day as if it matters because each day does and give every single day your best effort, and you will make each day your masterpiece.