Each one of us lives a double life.
One is who we would like to be, the story we tell ourselves (and others), the person we look up to, the one we would like to eventually become.
One is who we are in the moment, the difficulties and the frustrations, the temptations and the shiny objects, the good deeds and the not so good ones, the day after day.
Most of us are stuck in the gap. We despair because we are not who we want to be and then we fail to appreciate what happens here and now.
There’s a few things that could perhaps help get a move from that place.
Begin with keeping your ideal self consistent over time. It’s easier to hit a fixed target than a moving one.
Consider the moment as an opportunity to act against your ideal self. Keep the distance between the two to a minimum.
Remember that your ideal self is, well, ideal. Just because you lose your temper does not mean you are a bad person. Just because you did not get that job does not mean you are worthless. Just because you have failed, does not mean you are a failure.
Most importantly, make time in your life to think about this. Get conscious about where you are and where you want to go, or all the rest will be helpless.