“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 − 1882); Philosopher, Poet, Author,
When I read this quote, I am reminded how important self-forgiveness can be. Sometimes in the rush to reach our goals and dream big we fail to balance our ambition with the pragmatic permission to forgive ourselves when we fall short.
There's a difference between making excuses and knowing the bar was high to begin with. Even companies dominating their industry consider hitting sixty to seventy percent of their objectives a win.
When the day comes to an end, don't lament what's undone. Recognize that tomorrow is an opportunity to continue the journey, and there's no use in grousing over little things which may have derailed you.
Picking daily wins is a good way to set yourself up for that productive feeling. But when the hours run out and the list remains, don't beat yourself up. You did what you could. Get back at it tomorrow. In this way, one can minimize despair and get back in the fight without giving up.