Day 25: Where future matters
Have you ever tried thinking where you will be and what you will be doing in ten years? It sometime can be scary to think into our future. It is so scary especially when we can barely seem to make any significant progress now. At this point, we become accustomed to the famous quote, live each day at a time. A very sober statement/mantra to live with; however, we know we have a future and imagining it is not a harm. Planning for it becomes a prerequisite. We cannot afford to avoid it.
Government enacts laws that force people to save for their retirement. For every employed individual, he/she contributes mandatory deductions to his/her pension scheme. This is informed by the fact that on retirement, majority of people experience difficult times in the future when they cannot work, when their energy levels are low and cannot maintain salaried job to help them continue living their life without necessarily changing their lifestyle.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.Prov 19:20
This confirms that our future is important part of us. Almost everything we do is geared toward a better future. A more sustainable future. With this in mind, we ought then to discipline ourselves to live each day with our future in mind and the future of those that matter to us. This will determine our decisions, the things we need to focus on.
Self-discipline is showing ability to look into the future and painting the mental picture with enough detail, if you do so you will not bear the thought of letting your current situation remain the same. You will do something.
This will guide your decisions. For example, imagine you want to buy a piece of furniture that you really like but you do not need or saving the money for your child university education or even still for your retirement. In ten years, you will have an old piece of furniture you rarely use or piece of mind because your daughter do not have to struggle in her graduate school because of finances.
For you to be successful, consider your failure to stick to your resolutions even on a single day as a precedent that can ruin your long-term progress. The trick is just to start, then stick to that resolution.
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