What Would An Astronaut Do?

Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, decided he was going to be an astronaut the day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. He was nine.

In his book, An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth, he explains his plan:

I was old enough to understand that getting ready wasn’t simply a matter of playing “space mission” with my brothers in our bunk beds, underneath a big National Geographic poster of the Moon. But there was no program I could enroll in, no manual I could read, no one even to ask. There was only one option, I decided. I had to imagine what an astronaut might do if he were 9 years old, then do the exact same thing. I could get started immediately. Would an astronaut eat his vegetables or have potato chips instead? Sleep in late or get up early to read a book?

Back on Earth, we need to imagine the same thing: What would the best version of ourselves do right now? Do we exercise today or tomorrow? Do we get eight hours of sleep or watch Netflix? Do we do the dishes now or later? Do we choose the salad or the french fries?

Be an astronaut, and make every decision like you are preparing for something great. After all, you are.