Do Today…

Well, here we are again…a new year, a new start, a chance to reset and renew. Maybe it’s a time to continue with successes we had last year or a time to try again at some goal we didn’t meet. Another beginning of the New Year blog post like this one, or this one, or even this one

No matter what, this is the time to ask yourself a very important question…“What is the point?”

Sounds depressing right? But I’ve come to believe that the main reason we continue to fail is because we ask this question a little too late. Usually this is the question that comes up by the end of January or early February when the challenge of getting healthy starts taking it’s toll. But let’s do something different this year; let’s answer this question first…“What is the point?”

I recently read a sad story of a man who had been very successful with his health. This man was in his early 50’s and had been a long-time runner, participating in numerous marathons and being a great example to many in what it means to live a healthy life.

Unfortunately, this man unexpectedly suffered a massive heart attack and died almost instantly. His circle of family and friends were shocked by this terrible turn of events. What makes this even more amazing is that this man was James Fixx…the man some would consider the father of jogging. He wrote a number of books, including “The Complete Book of Running” all with the goal of helping others get active.

After reading his story, I was left with our question…“What is the point?” I mean, this guy was the picture of health and inspired many to get healthy…so what hope do I have?

Then it hit me, I can’t control the future but I can do something today. 

Our goal of losing weight and getting healthy is great. We all should strive for this and keep this goal in front of us, but the only way to get there is to do today. Take it a day at a time, a decision at a time, and focus on what today looks like.

Make it a habit in this new year to do today – meaning, focus on each day as valuable, special and important. In fact, how about we all let this be our verse for 2018,

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.
Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:34

So, what is the answer to our question?…making the most of every single day is the point. It is a new year and everyday is a new day, so choose to do today

-Mark Cornelison

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