What You Do Today...

I have a quote on my website that I’m known for by my team and by people around me. “What you do today determines all of your tomorrows.” As you read that what comes to mind? I’ll tell you what I think about that quote and what I mean by it whenever I say it.

            I spent a lot of my younger years being a procrastinator. My folks tell stories of me doing things I shouldn’t have as a toddler and when I was told not to do those things, I would look at them and say, “Later I can”. I smile as I’m typing this because now that I’m a parent I can imagine the frustration they felt as I said this. “Later I can” became “I’ll do it later” as I grew older. I’d say this followed me along until right before I turned 40. This was about the time that my dear grandmother left this world. We were really close and losing her created a big hole in my heart. I watched her health decline and saw her go from a vibrant lady to someone I hardly recognized. What happened to her really struck me to the core. I felt lost for a while due to this, but eventually something became crystal clear to me. Time keeps on clicking by. In fact, the older I get the faster it seems to go. I know it’s not to just me who feels this way because I’ve had lots of folks agree with me on this subject. Do you?

            The realization of time slipping by hit me hard. One day I just woke up to the fact that “later” had to become “now”! As a parent and business owner, I understand the importance of “now”. Children grow up quickly. That time can’t be gotten back once it’s gone. Businesses are either successful or unsuccessful based on what you put into them. I realize businesses have a lot of other factors that go into them to be successful, but I’m not going into that here. In my experience, I was faced with a big decision when I began my business. Seize the moment or let it pass me by. I had to make some tough decisions. I had to choose laser-focus on my business over a lot of the fun things I used to enjoy. After my team won the 2015 Year End WRRA Championship at the World Finals I stepped down. I didn’t ranch rodeo for two years. I spent those two years building my business and helping my team. Looking back, it was the best thing I ever did. I’ll admit It wasn’t the easiest. Seeing my friends and former teammates having fun at ranch rodeos was tough, but I did what I had to do, and I don’t regret it.

            Essentially, I learned how to make the best decision for myself and my family in most everything based on how it would impact my goals. Doing what’s easiest isn’t always the best course of action. This is especially true for me. I find the more I challenge myself the better off I am. Some of my goals have been laughed at by others over the years, but it never really mattered to me. Truth be told that laughter drove me harder towards accomplishing all of the things I set out to do in the beginning. Through the years and experience I’ve also learned that you don’t get to Point A from Point B without a map of some kind. You have to have goals and you have to break those goals down into achievable mini-goals. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve these goals…NO MATTER WHAT! And perhaps the biggest piece of advice that I can give to anyone is this:  What You Do Today…Determines All Of Your Tomorrows! So…get going…you only have one life to life. I hope you make it the best one for yourself that you can! ~Cheyenne

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