Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are: Theodore Roosevelt

the quote "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." against a blue background

As simple as these words sound, the impact that they have when you let them sink in is
profound.

Have you seen one of those people that are constantly in their future, either imagining it in all its glory or dreading it?

I have.

I am one of those people.

This is what my day would look like usually –

meme about how i spend my day

It’s amazing to think how little I accomplished considering how much I planned.

Come 1st Jan, and I would stock up on all sorts of planners, agendas, diaries – to plan my days- the professional-looking grey leather-bound, the colorful pink dreamer planners and the ultra chic weekly tear-off To-do list.

My study would probably look like the stationery aisle of a Staples store. I would be super-pumped and ready to take on the world with all sorts of planners in my arsenal.

My yearly planner would be more ambitious than a conventional 10-year plan:

● Learn French
● Learn Spanish
● Learn Python
● Sleep less
● Exercise more
● Volunteer more
● Get another degree
● Enrol in certification programs
● Save more

…. and on and on.

You might have seen a list like that. There is a good chance you probably tried creating one for yourself. We have all been there at that spot at some point in their lives.

What would help ensure that we do not end up at the same spot in the future?

The answer to that puzzle lies in Roosevelt`s quote:

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

We can wait forever for the opportune time to come. That time may never come.

I totally second Sidney Sheldon when he says “Tomorrow never comes” through the title of one of his most popular novels.

But one thing we all have and will always is the time NOW.

Your situation now, however limited it may feel to you, is still something that can get you started.

Yes, I want to finish that 300-page book in a week, but simply planning and never reading it is not going to help me get there.

I need to pick it up and start reading even if for just 5 minutes a day.

Agreed, that I may not be able to finish it in one week; it might take me 3 months instead. But that is still a huge improvement, considering the fact that I wasn’t even going to start at all.

The skill could be anything – playing music, learning a new language, polishing your photography skills, working on your social skills, practising public speaking… the same rule applies, regardless of your goal: having byte-sized goals for everyday and having a portion of your day dedicated to achieving them.

Never forget that slow and steady wins the race.

Alright, alright, alright! Don’t listen to me.

But you’ll listen to Shia Labeouf – the star of Transformers, right?

just do it meme

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