A commitment to yourself in writing on who you intend to be, what you intend to do and the mark you intend to leave is a powerful catalyst to achieving your dreams. I often ask myself, how would I like my kids to describe me, my relationships, my thinking? With that in hand, I note what type of daily thoughts are required to get the outcome I seek, to make the mark I want to make and leave the impression I want to leave in this world. Living in the present is a deliberate act and choice. Many thoughts are habitual and like any habit, negative ones must systematically be removed from the mind. It takes practice, dedication, and forgiveness (you will trip up), but it is worth the journey and the sense of achievement knowing that you are ever closer to being the best you you can be!
Tools such as seminars, books, audio programs and a personal journal can play a powerful role in installing the new empowering thoughts that lead to fulfilling results. If you don't have any good tools for this let me know because I have some award winning personal development beauties! Hooking up with the right people of a like mind, also trying to achieve more from and for themselves is also crucial. We are human with the associated frailties of that, support in the form of a like minded community can help significantly to keep us on track!
I read a good exercise recently, try it for yourself. Put a note up on your wall that says NEVER COMPLAIN. NEVER EXPLAIN! and see how long it takes you to successfully get through a day without doing either! When you succeed, take the note down. If it's there for years, at least be comforted to know how drastically improved your life is, having the note there to remind you to complain and explain less. No excuses, no one else's fault!
Keep me posted on your progress!