Everyday may look the same, but everyday isn’t the same – a minister at my church always says. In other words, each day is uniquely designed. The days cluster up to make the weeks, the weeks make up the months which combine together to form the years and the years are the constituents of our life. Hence by transitivity, our days make up our life and so to live a life that counts, our days need to count. And here is how to make that happen:
1. Discover and awaken your sense of purpose: Everyone is born to fulfill a purpose, and until you start walking in that purpose you’ll likely feel unfulfilled and unsatisfied in life. Unfortunately, this exercise requires intentional effort and as with every worthwhile endeavor, the earlier it is done the better. One way to discover your area of purpose is to pay close attention to your passions. T. D. Jakes presented it nicely when he stated, “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” Being aware of your passion is a great place to begin on the journey to discovering your purpose. And because you’re unique, your presence is sure to make a difference if you choose to live for and with purpose. Your purpose is a driving force in life that’s why it pays to discover it.
2. Take inventory of your strengths and weaknesses: Life gets more fun when you do the things you love to do and know how to do best. So, it behoves you to know what your strengths are so you can leverage them to get those things you desire. Not
only that, you also want to honestly seek out those areas where you are weak at so you can sharpen your sword in those areas (that is Steven Covey’s term by the way) especially if they’re required for you to fulfill your purpose; this will help increase your
opportunities one way or the other.
3. Constantly evaluate yourself:Socrates once declared that an unexamined life is not worth living. Therefore, from time to time, it makes sense to revisit set goals and modify them, if necessary as well as measure your progress and at what rate in order to figure out whether to initiate any change that you may attain your desired level of fulfillment.
4. Consistently strive to make today better than yesterday: You may not get it all correct the first day or time you try. However, you must commit to making every attempt better than the previous one that way you are consistently and continuously improving. And that’s how you move forward. As John C. Maxwell once put it, “Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” Consistency is key!
5. Do something each day that’ll move you closer to your main goals: Most major goals are accomplished over a period time. And so it’s exciting to know that if you just keep completing little tasks each day, you’ll eventually birth that long awaited major goal. Nothing is as tickling as daily progress.
Muhammad Ali once said, “Don’t count the day; make the days count.” I believe that by acting on the above points, your days will count and you’ll make a difference in the world around you. Feel free to add to the points in the comment box.
To your glorious days ahead !!