Today most of us begin a new workweek. 

How will today be different from every other day last week? Or do you expect and experience simply more of the same, every day? Are you like so many who have one year of experience simply repeated for X number of years?

If today is the same as yesterday, then my friend, you are simply dying a slow death. You are wasting your potential to make tomorrow better by refusing to make today better.

I don’t think that most people live this way intentionally. I think it is easy to get stuck in a rut, a routine, and become comfortable or complacent with the way things are. We hear comments all the time such as “Don’t rock the boat,” “Let sleeping dogs lie,” “That’s not a battle I want to fight,” or the infamous, “That’s not my job,” and “That’s not what they are paying me for.”

Is that really how you want to invest your life? 

Maybe it’s time that you DECIDE to make today better in order to have a better tomorrow.

Here are three keys to beginning this process.

First, Determine Your Priorities. What are those key results that you are paid to deliver, AND that you truly desire to accomplish in your personal life. Are those items on your schedule? If not, put them on your daily schedule in order to make sure that you can deliver the goods. For your employer or clients, and for those depending on you, and especially for yourself.

Second, Guard Your Time. Isn’t it true that those who have nothing to do want to do it with you? How many people do you know who casually throw out the phrase “killing time.” Time is the stuff that life is made of. We all have a limited supply of time. Do you really want to allow someone else who has no direction to squander YOUR most precious resource? Develop a NO TOLERATION Zone for Time Wasters and Time Murderers. 

Third, invest some time at the close of each day for Reflection and Evaluation. How did you do? Did you accomplish your key priority items? What went right? What could you have done better or differently? How can you make tomorrow even better? Plan on improving tomorrow based on what you discovered today.

These three simple actions, implemented every day, will allow you to live a life that makes a difference. Because, Today Matters. More than you realize.

Steve Lewey is  a mentor and coach to leaders in the corporate arena, non-profits, and sales. For the past 20 years he has  helped leaders and entrepreneurs to accomplish their vision and transform the world. Reach him at Steve@SteveLewey.com