Be the King of Today

Last Updated Mar 28, 2011 10:11 AM EDT

Motivation is often hard to come by. All of us have ideas, hopes, dreams -- but the motivation to actually started is often tough to come by. It's easier to hesitate, wait for the right moment, decide we need to think a little longer or do some more research or explore a few more alternatives...

... and days, weeks, months, even years pass us by.

So do our dreams.

Don't let today be a day you will look back and regret. Whatever you've been planning, whatever you've imagined, whatever you've dreamed of -- get started on it today. If you want to start a business, take the first step. If you want to change careers, take the first step. If you want to expand or enter a new market or offer new products or services, take the first step. Get started. Do something. Do anything.

Otherwise today is gone. Once tomorrow comes today is lost forever.

Today is the most precious asset we own.

In the clip below, my buddy Michael Hirst, screenwriter of the two Cate Blanchett "Elizabeth" movies and writer and executive producer of the Showtime series "The Tudors," does a much better job expressing what I'm trying to convey. If you're not familiar with the show, Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys-Myers) speaks to his closest friend, the Duke of Suffolk (Henry Cavill), about how time is our greatest enemy:

We only have a limited number of "todays."

Don't let this today slip away.

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Image courtesy Showtime (full disclosure, a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, which has nothing to do with why I loved the series.)
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    Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business from managing a 250-employee book manufacturing plant. Everything else he picked up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest CEOs and leaders in business. He has written more than 30 non-fiction books, including four Business and Investing titles that reached #1 on Amazon's bestseller list. Follow him on Twitter at @Jeff_Haden.