We as humans have a tendency to look toward the future, to what can be. To what we WANT. We wonder what it will be like to get there. Maybe it’s a beautiful body. Maybe it’s a degree. Maybe it’s a new job. Maybe it’s to finish a book. Maybe to play the guitar. Whatever it is, we fantasize about that moment when the battle is finished and we can enjoy what our hard work has wrought.
But here’s one thing about that success. We also have a tendency to think that the true challenge lies just around the next corner.
Once you’ve lost a few pounds of fat, then you can start adding muscle. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of writing, then you can start on that epic novel. Once you’ve built up the callouses, then you can learn guitar properly. Once you’ve got your internal clock sorted, then you’ll apply for more jobs.
We think of the truly hard part as being in the future, some moment where our “preparation” will have led to our being ready to smash the demons that stand in our way and achieve success. We think of what we’re facing today, right now, as a step along the way, toward that success, toward that state of being that we so desperately want.
But it’s not a step. Today is all there is. Right now is all there is. This is your great battle. There is no moment in your mission that will be more challenging than the one right in front of you. It’s all you need to deal with. What you’re thinking of, right now – that’s it. That’s your great battle.
If you’re looking to lose weight and you’re having a craving for a candy bar, this is your great battle.
If you’re looking for a job and staying up late instead of getting up early, this is your great battle.
If you’re looking for more than friendship but are having trouble telling that person how you feel, this is your great battle.
The stories of our culture revolve around grand deeds. Slaying dragons, defeating tyranny, overcoming unspeakable odds. Those are great battles too. Take your inspiration from them. They are the exact same as your great battle. It’s standing right in front of you, right now.
“Once more into the fray. Into the greatest battle you’ll ever know. We live and die on this day. We live and die on this day.”
There will never be a greater moment than the one you’re about to live. Conquer it. Your success lies in simply fighting the great battle, every single day of your life.