“Someone once told me the definition of hell; on your last day on earth, the person you could have become will meet the person you became.” - Anonymous
In my book, One Day to Change Your Life, I touch on this concept. WYCB is your best self if you made the best decisions with the information you had at the time at the end of some time period. Bill Gates has said, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” We have to take a long term approach to life. Maybe in one year you can’t lose all of the weight you want, or get the job you want, or reach the level of success you want. But, you can lose 3-5 pounds a month if not more, you can start training or school for that job, and you can definitely start strategizing on how to achieve those goals of yours if not make some steps toward them.
Imagine who you could be after 20 years of good decisions.
You make decisions in your life every day, you either make good decions, bad, or both. You probably know what’s best, unless you're oblivious to your situation or in denial.
Denial is manageable because at least you know what you should or could be doing. Obliviousness though, well that’s a scary place to be. When you’re oblivious of your predicament you can’t even see the issue so how could you possibly resolve it? This is where self-reflection and honest conversations with people you trust come into play. If you think you’re totally fine, you eat healthily, sleep 7-9 hours a night, don’t have any unhealthy habits, wonderful. If not, do the next right thing. When you stumble, if you stumble, get up and keep going. Nobody is perfect, but that’s not an excuse to not try your best.