We've all heard that we should live in the here and now.
That's all we've got. We can't change the past, we can't predict the future.
We can only enjoy the present moment.
But ... (there's always a but)
That doesn't mean we should only being doing the things that make us happy right this moment.
Eating a whole bar of chocolate would probably make me happy right now.
And maybe even again in a few hours, and again ...
Guess who will not be happy because of those choices though?
Future me is going to be pissed at present me for making such poor choices because she has to deal with some extra weight now.
Present me didn't care she just wanted to be happy right now.
You get the point ...
We cannot not think about the future ... our future and how we are influencing it right now. Because we do!
What could you do today that would make your future life 10x easier?
It's likely not gonna be the choice that would make you happy right this moment. It might mean doing something uncomfortable.
Often, you'll have to sacrifice the short-term happiness for long-term gains.
But it's worth it!