Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.
I experienced that today as I was riding my bike.
You see, I’m not the most versatile bike rider. Pedestrians — I can manage. Cars looking for cars, not bikes — ok. But, big trucks trucks blocking my path forcing me to merge into fast, uncaring, traffic — that makes me nervous.
So today when I saw a big truck doing unannounced road work ahead of me, I started thinking about how I was going to get around it, and not about what I was doing at the moment. And at the moment, I was about to run into the curb at a speed that could have sent me flying over my handlebars.
Luckily, I returned to the moment in time to divert an accident. Then I easily negotiated my way around the truck.
“Wow,” I thought. My future could have been quite different if I hadn’t returned to the moment.
Lesson Learned: Your actions today shape your future, so don’t get caught up in the “what ifs” of the future as you imagine it could be. Live the moment in a way that’s consistent with the future you want.
In my case, I want to arrive at my destination safe and happy.