That's good advice no matter how you slice it. Wouldn't you agree?
Maybe it's a bit confusing and you're not exactly sure what is meant by this statement and maybe you don't even agree with the philosophy behind it.
Most people don't understand it or get it and, even if they do, they don't agree with it and what it means for their lives.
Many - if not most - people live in the NOW.
They have no focus, care or concern for the future and what their future could involve. Oh, you may hear them SAY that they are concerned for their future and that they are trying to plan for their future but what you hear are just words.
As a matter of fact, when most people say that they are "concerned" for their future it usually means they have no idea what they are going to do because they have nothing in place to take care of their future.
A few years ago I heard a father on a television "reality" show give a pretty good answer to his son who was wanting to watch television and play video games before he got his homework done. The father's answer went something like this: "Son, you do what you HAVE to do so that you can then do what you WANT to do."
Same idea as you see in the graphic above.
Work hard NOW so that you can take it easy later.
Do what it takes NOW so that you can have the life you desire later.
Build relationships with your family and your kids NOW so that they will be by your side later. (And, by the way this is not a contradiction of the sentence two paragraphs up. This does not have to be an "either/or" proposition).
If necessary, scrimp NOW - live frugally now - so that you can live like most others won't and can't later.
Sure, enjoy your life today. It IS all that we have. But, honestly, only a fool would live their life without focus and a plan for their future.
Want it made very simple? Ask any athlete - yes, even Jr. High and High School - about how they feel about the "two-a-day" football practices that start in the summer before school even begins.
They may not like it but they get it.
And so should you, friend.
So, as you live today with a view of tomorrow in sight, be sure to...
"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"