I trust you have heard of zero-based budgeting?
Zero-based budgeting is a technique of planning and decision-making which reverses the working process of traditional budgeting. In traditional incremental budgeting, departmental managers justify only increases over the previous year budget and what has been already spent is automatically sanctioned.
By contrast, in zero-based budgeting, every department function is reviewed comprehensively and all expenditures must be approved, rather than only increases. [from Wikipedia]
Well, I want us to practice zero-based living!
What do I mean? Check out this quote from Coach Lou Holtz:
If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today.
I am tired of people living on their past successes. And I am tired of a culture that references so many with “…is best remembered for…”
Sure, our past is part of our story. But I fear too many ride past victories and are blind to what is happening today… and tomorrow.
This is a shame. So, that is why we should be zero-based living. We should be starting fresh each day. We should be building, learning, preparing, striving, and always working to achieve a big, fat hairy goal for tomorrow.
But don’t forget about today. Today always seems to be lost somewhere in between remembering the past and looking towards the future. Today is where it is, literally, at.
Why are we so unaware of living in the present?
So like zero-based budgeting, we need to start each day fresh, striving to do something that makes us happy, to do something that matters. Stop riding past successes and victories – this isn’t courageous. In fact, you are treading water.
And stop wallowing on past failures. Life is too short to suffer misery like that. The sun did come up this morning, right? With zero-based living, you are back at level. You can go where you want to go.
Yes, always be building and striving for audacious goals in the future. But don’t forget to relish and tackle today. Zero-based living is living a life of being present, enjoying what you are doing, the people you are with, the challenges you are facing head on. All while building towards a big goal down the road.
Just remember two things:
1. When you achieve that future goal…don’t fall back into the same pattern and ride the celebratory wave of that success. Set the next big goal. And get moving.
2. Don’t forget to enjoy the journey. You will spend most of your life on the journey. Might as well have a ball whilst on the ride!
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