Sometimes the simplest little things can have big impact on our lives. In this series of posts I examine very short sentences (each just three words long) that can make a difference in your life. If you have a three word sentence that changed your life somehow, share it with me and I will share it with the world.
Today’s three little words are often seen in their Latin version – Carpe Diem! Whether in Latin or plain
English the thought is the same, that one should take control of their life and not let the event of life take control of them. One should make the most of each day and the opportunities which are presented that day. Rather than just wandering through the day in a passive way, one should seize the day.
While some might think the words to be a bit too aggressive and perhaps even too macho, the message applies to everyone equally, whether men, women or children – take control of your life and decide what you want to do today; don’t wait for the day to throw things at you to react too. That means starting out each day with some plans and goals in mind. What are your goals for today? Just hoping that you can get through the day is not a goal; that’s a defeatist attitude that starts by positioning yourself as a victim. Go back and re-read my post, Be a victor. Seize the day.
Imagine how much better you’ll feel if you start each day by spending just a little time thinking about good and positive things that you are going to accomplish that day and visualizing your success. Amp yourself up, by saying to yourself, “this is my day and I’m going to make the most of it.” Greet people that you meet with a smile, a warm greeting and a handshake or hug. Be satisfied and happy with all of the small wins that you may have during the day and with the progress that you are able to make against the larger issues or tasks that you are facing. You can’t eat the whale in one day, but you can take a good bite out of it. Do not let the day rule you; instead, seize the day.
Some people actually have T-shirts that say “Carpe Diem” on them or maybe even “Seize the Day”; if it helps you feel better about it, imagine that you are wearing one of those T-shirts. You can also find tons of quotes and saying about seizing the day, so go read a few of them for further inspiration. The real point is to take some action, to have some plan, to make some effort, to imagine something different, or to just to launch into the day with enthusiasm, hope and faith that this is going to be a great day – seize the day!