I can sometimes be my own worst enemy by over-thinking or getting ahead of myself in my goals. For example, during a 5K, if I’m pacing well and I anticipate a specific finish time, I get excited and my heart rate spikes, prematurely exhausting myself and causing me to slow down. In my larger day-to-day life goals, I can sometimes lose focus of my carpe diem mentality by focusing too intensely on the endgoal. As a result, life gets lost and over-looked.
We always have a choice in our thought-patterns. Every day we are presented with a decision that is only ours: to live in the moment or to allow the moment to slip away. Carpe diem is only lived by those who decide to live it.
Don’t think too much, you’ll create problems that you don’t need to have. Creating problems that don’t need to exist begets frustration and more importantly, it allows us to lose grasp on life. Don’t just seize the day, seize the moment. Dream big, but don’t over-think along the way, because if you do, you will miss out on the greatest moments of joy you could have — the joy of living in the moment.