When you have a terrible day, it’s easy to falsely believe that your present will be your forever. It's easy to believe that the past day has defined and limited future hope. Yes, things can happen on bad days affect the future. But most important to your future is your hope.
When I lose even a bit of hope, it seems that my motivation packs up and leaves with it. When you have a bad day that drags you down, it’s essential that you keep hope intact.
But how do you keep something as ethereal as hope intact? You live like it’s there already. I'm not saying that you ignore your feelings and pretend. What I'm saying is this - you do things to invest in the future, even when you’re not optimistic about the future, because your future is coming regardless.
So when you have a terrible day, do some things that send a message to yourself that there is hope for your future. Here are 3 small ideas:
1. Work out
When you work out, you’re building health into your body. You’re investing it for the long-run. Also, there may be something in the future that requires you to be at your absolute physical best. I fantasize about this sometimes when I’m at the gym begrudgingly. I day dream that maybe I’ll save someone from a burning building or need to save a baby from a dog and outrun it someday (Walter Mitty much?). Those things may never happen, but if they did, I’ll be a little more ready because I ran an extra mile at the gym. Yes, apparently I am some what delusional with the thought that I may be needed for physically heroic acts someday, but it motivates me.
Plus endorphins. ‘Nough said.
2. Organize something
When you organize, you invest time now in order to save you time in the future. You may need that time in the future, because you’ll be busy with new, big endeavours - so if you organize now, you’re setting yourself up well for the future. Setting order to things also makes you feel good that you are caring well for at least one small area that you are able to control.
3. Invest in a friendship
When we’re down, we may feel needy or like a failure. We may feel like we have nothing to offer anyone else. But that’s not even close to true. Those who have failed means they have risked, they have lived. Those are the type of people I want to learn from. You have a wealth of experience to share. Letting someone into your experience could be invaluable to them. Also, it will probably help you more than you know.
It sucks when things suck. But it’s not going to stay that way. Do things that remind yourself of that.
Your present isn’t going to be your forever.