“The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln
Many set goals and get frustrated because they look too far into the future, get overwhelmed, and give up. Sound familiar? I know that I tend to give up because the process seems too daunting.
Losing weight is one of my goals. However, when I look at the amount I have to lose, I get frustrated and don’t want to keep working on the issue. Having this kind of attitude causes me to fail. I find myself rummaging through the refrigerator and eating in secret. This behavior brings guilt and self-loathing. It takes me a while to get back on track. If I work on my eating issues one day at a time, I can make it through that minute, hour, and day!
You may struggle with addiction and may be going through a step study or attending a group such as AA, NA, Celebrate Recovery, or a similar organization. One of the basic sayings is “one day at a time.” Changing your mind to embrace this action will facilitate a better chance of recovery.
The Serenity Prayer reminds us of what we need to focus on when making life changes.
God, grant me the
Serenity to accept the things I cannot CHANGE
The Courage to CHANGE the things I can.
And the Wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE.
Life is easier if we only look at what we can do one day at a time. I am not saying that we don’t set goals or make plans for the future, but it is crucial to stay in the present as we attempt to change.
I encourage you to attack your issues one day at a time.