‘Life,’ sang John Lennon in his 1980 song Beautiful Boy, ‘is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.’
I reckon this works on so many levels.
It’s all too easy to forget the importance of today while you focus instead on the ifs and maybes of tomorrow. And of course, when John Lennon was a member of that popular little group The Beatles a decade or so earlier, they’d reminded us that ‘Tomorrow Never Comes’.
Plans and goals are good. But they’re not so helpful if your mood and energy levels are significantly lower than the expectations you place on yourself.
There could indeed be days when someone wakes up with the aim of changing the world, then goes on to do so by bedtime. But it’s probably not terribly realistic to expect this to happen very often, if at all.
Perhaps when you’re feeling less than fully charged, it’s better to have just one or two tightly defined (and easy to achieve) goals for your day, and when you’ve accomplished them, call it a day.
Hopefully of course, there may be other times when you make huge leaps forward.
But please cut yourself some slack on days when the mood’s running low.