“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
Opportunity, reaching a milestone, kicking a habit, expanding your horizons… You have unique gifts, talents that few others possess, experiences only you can learn from… You are the only you in all the world.
So what’s stopping you? What is the barrier between you and your goals? What ideal self is “out there” somewhere, but for your decision to pursue it?
What if you looked back on this day one year from now and said, “That was the first day. That was the day I decided, and now here I am.”
Why do we wait for special days—anniversaries, birthdays, New Year’s Day—to make the decisions we ought to make, to pursue the goals we ought to have reached a long time ago, but for some failing, have yet to achieve?
What’s stopping us from making today the first day of the rest of our lives?
I think we all have our different reasons, but the one we share is deceptively simple, because we don’t think about it enough:
For many of us, today is not the first day of the rest of our lives because that isn’t enough.
Whether or not we actively realize it, reaching our goals or kicking our bad habits or establishing new lifestyles simply isn’t enough, because most of us can do those things all by ourselves.
We can make today “the first day of the rest of our lives” all by ourselves.
And, in this instance, that is not a good thing.
Sure, it is a positive when we attain a milestone or make a positive change, but it is better when we bring others along through accountability, inspiration, or example.
As leaders, our line of thinking should be, “Today is the first day of the rest of someone’s life. How can I come alongside their process?” Or, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Who can I bring with me so that it is the first day of the rest of their lives also?”
The difference between individual success and leadership is simple: involving others.
So what is stopping you?