How Can We Think About Tomorrow When It’s So Different From Today? - Bruce Turkel

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Even though I try to keep these blog posts fresh, timely, and relevant, there is a lag time between when I write them and when you read them which sometimes makes that difficult.

For example, the day I wrote this post, Daylight Savings Time hadn’t fallen forward yet. So 5:25 PM was still 5:25 PM.

By the time you read this, the time of day is an hour different regardless of when you read my post.

The day I wrote this post, we hadn’t yet voted on our next president, senators, congresspeople, or all the other issues on the November 3rd ballot.

By the time you read this, we’ll know most, if not all, of the outcomes.

On the day I wrote this, 100,000 Americans were newly infected with the Coronavirus and 936 Americans died.

By the time you read this, chances are that four times as many Americans will have contracted the illness and four times as many will have perished. And that’s just if you read my post the very day it comes out.

Based on those three scenarios alone, the world is now an entirely different place than when I wrote these words.

And based on how much the consequences of those scenarios affect you, you might be a very different person than you were just a few days ago when I was writing this.

Situations beyond your control may have changed your personal circumstances forever. As you read this you might be contemplating what you’re going to do based on what’s just happened in the past few days.

Here’s the incredible part – and the part that you might find wonderfully comforting or entirely meaningless – you’re not alone. Almost everyone you know is considering changing their lives in one way or another also.

How do I know that? Because over the last two years I’ve been busy writing my new book, Is That All There Is? (ITATI) and I’ve spoken to lots and lots of people about their life changes.

ITATI is the story of my personal journey to change my life as well as an overview of what I learned by interviewing a board-of-directors’ worth of brilliant people who have changed their lives and have come out better on the other side.

Some of them changed their lives for good reasons.

Some of them changed their lives for not so good reasons.

And some of them changed their lives for awful reasons.

But every single one of them bravely faced the rickety bridge that spanned the chasm separating their old life from their new one. And each and every one of them made it across to a better place.

Do you remember reading Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in your 11th grade honors English Class? His opening lines perfectly explained what I learned: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

(All you have to do is substitute “people” for “family.”)

Because I already know that you’re like so many others I’ve spoken to and you’re wondering what you’re going to do next, over the next few weeks I’m going to share what I learned with you.

And even though I don’t know what the world will be like three days from now when you read this post, I do know what you need to do to find the success and happiness you’re looking for in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

That’s because all the people I interviewed told me. And I’m going to tell you.

Ready?

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  1. Debra Kossoff says:

    Ready…what do I do now?

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