“If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you'll most certainly be right”
Thinking that it’s your last day to live can be powerful. It can encourage you to take greater risks and overcome your fears. But it can also be destructive. Why would you be productive if today was your last day? It’s not a very good frame of mind for working on long-term goals.
When making decisions, you should consider that today might not be your last day. Think about how that choice will affect you tomorrow. Going to the gym may suck right now but tomorrow you will be happy you did it. Watching Netflix all night might feel good now, but tomorrow you probably won't be happy about it.
Now this isn’t always the best frame of mind either. It can distract you from opportunities and make you risk averse. Living for tomorrow can stop you from facing your fears today.
This leads me to the last point. Both frames are good, but they should be used at different times.
When it comes to fear, live like today is your last. Do whatever scares you while you can. Seize the opportunity. When it comes to your goals, live like you have a tomorrow. Live for your future.
“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Fear as if you’ll die today”