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Three Gifts of Life
by Joe Bonura, CSP


Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow


Yesterday is gone, and you cannot change it. You can learn from it, for lessons learned from yesterday are the foundation of tomorrow. You had a success – build on it. You had a failure – embrace the lesson learned.

The Past Is Passed

Dwelling on yesterday is like Botox to your psyche: it may clear up the wrinkles, but it gives the mind a distorted look. You become immobile in your response to today’s opportunities.

Still A Champion

When Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, lost the wild card playoff, he said, “We are still champions – now it is time to focus on next year.” There is no time in the National Football League to hold a pity party on last week or last year’s losses. Similarly, you should focus on your status now, and then consider your goal for the future.

Eyes On The Road

Yesterday is behind you, and the road to success lies ahead. It is very difficult to stay on the road with your eyes focused on the rearview mirror. Keep your eyes on the road before you. Rather than where you have been, it is more important to know where you are going.


Today may be all that you have left; you never know when it will be time to punch out. Today is the oven in which you forge the steel that will build tomorrow. Today is one building block that will build the cornerstone of tomorrow because each action that you take today will make tomorrow count.

Life’s Bank Account

Don Waddell, an ex-fighter pilot and vibrant member of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, almost lost his life after neck surgery. Don said that the ordeal reminded him that we have 86,400 seconds each day in life’s bank account. How we use those seconds will shape our tomorrows and how we will spend eternity.

Give Me Today -- Poem
(an original poem by Joe Bonura)

Give me today,
It is all that I need
To make great plans
And to plant new seed,

To think about a bright new day,
To chart my course in a brand new way,
To travel roads I have not been,
To find new worlds around the bend.

This day will open up for me
A chance to be why God made me.
I will not slouch, I will not wait,
I will make today something great.


Carpe Momento

In the movie, “Dead Poets Society” we heard the words, “Carpe Diem” (seize the day). You need to change that to “Carpe Momento” (seize the moment). The next moment is all that you have, so use it wisely to prepare for tomorrow. Sometimes, I wake in the middle of the night and cannot get back to sleep, so rather than spend the night tossing and turning, I get up and get some work done.


Tomorrow is the sum total of what you learned from yesterday and what you plan today. Tomorrow is the result of today’s choices. You can choose to make it a success, or you can choose to make it neutral, or you can choose to make it a failure. It is your choice, so choose wisely.

Start Over

The fruition of what happens tomorrow is the result of what you decided yesterday, either consciously or subconsciously. Visualize what you want to happen tomorrow, and write it down with an action plan for making what you visualize happen. When your eyes pop open tomorrow morning, take action. No matter how bad yesterday and the day before were, each day gives you a new opportunity to start over.

It Is All You Have

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow – it is all you have. Your days are the bricks that build your life, so make the best of those three gifts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

© 2011 Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.

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About Joe Bonura

His background is unique. Joe owned and operated a highly successful advertising agency for 18 years. During that time, he found his advertising campaigns were more effective when he educated his clients in the areas of sales and service. He conducted training seminars for his clients as added value. Word spread that Joe was a quality speaker and more and more people asked him to speak. The demand became so high that he sold the agency to three of his associates to start his own speaking and consulting company, Joe Bonura & Associates, Inc.

Joe is past President of the Kentucky Speakers Association and a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a prestigious designation earned by only 8% of the 3,600 member National Speakers Association. Joe presently serves on the board of directors of NSA.

He is author of the audio learning systems "Three-Dimensional Selling®" and "Turning Customer Satisfaction Into Customer Excitement®." He is author of the book Throw the Rabbit—The Ultimate Approach to Three-Dimensional Selling.




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