Did You Ever Ask Yourself, “How Did I Get Here?” #5MinMotivation

Growing up, there were many things I dreamed I would become.  At first, I was certain that I would become a famous singer.  I didn’t think about how I would become one, especially since I was too shy to even talk to anyone who wasn’t in my immediate family.   I also dreamed of being an Actress, a Writer and a Teacher.  Needless to say I didn’t become any of these, except through this blog, a Writer.  I have caught myself asking the question, “How did I get here?”


When you are living in the moment, it seems to pass by slowly.  It is only when you take the time to turn around that you realize how many moments have gone by.  Some of these moments take you exactly where you imagined you wanted to go.  Other times, it may take you on a path of further fulfillment.


Have you ever asked yourself, “How did I get here?”

Where did all those dreams go?  Where were all the promises I made to myself?  You were so sure you would succeed.  But you didn’t.


It doesn’t matter.  That was yesterday.  That moment is gone.  You have NOW.




It’s being here now that’s important.  We can’t go back and can’t relive the past.  What we can do is Seize the Moment and focus on today.  This moment is all you have, Seize it.


“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
― Henry David Thoreau


Stop for a moment and reflect on where you want to go.  All those great ideas that you had, though they may be exciting, it’s the actions that empower those ideas that count.  What actions will you put in place today?


I love this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson about the power of Seizing the Moment:


“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo EmersonCollected Poems and Translations


It doesn’t matter how you got here, the real question is, “where do you go next?”


“Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.” – Dr. Seuss



Our lives can get pretty hectic and it can be easy to get lost in our actions. When we are so focused on what is ahead, we forget to pause, reflect and find ways to energize our minds. These 5-minute motivation posts are meant to give you that recharge. The goal is to give you a 5-minute Vitamin for your mind through quotes, posts and videos. It is also meant to challenge your thinking and inspire you to take action.

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Elita Torres

I have over 20 years experience as a leader, first as a General Manager for several Big Box retailers with over 100 employees, then as a district manager overseeing an average of 23 stores. Currently, I am a Sales Director overseeing 4 Districts. My passion for leadership and personal development has led me to share my journey in a Blog. Find out more on http://www.leadgrowdevelop.com/about/