I had a life altering choice to make and I made it without hesitation. I hung up the phone with my sister, said ‘No’ to the opportunity in front of me, packed a small roll-on bag and headed to my family’s home from where I was living in Milan, Italy – as a Fashion Designer with my own design business (and an Angel Investor pumping funds into my startup company). And I’ve never looked back thinking ‘what if’. Because I did just what I’m about to share with you that you can do for yourself and I knew it was the thing I was meant to do in that moment.
But first, let’s go back to the original question.
So what if YOU received news that you had only 3 months to live? Or something just as shocking?
How would it change things in your world? Or would it change things at all? Does it matter?
History is rife with stories of those who thought they had TIME to do these things – someday – later – when the laundry got finished, when the big campaign at work was over, when they got 3 new clients, when they had xx amount of money in the bank, when they lost 30 pounds, when they did just one more thing (besides the thing that mattered most).
You don’t have to quit your job.
You don’t have to leave your family behind.
You don’t have to stop being who you are.
Indeed…you just have to REALLY be who you are – at your core…in your joyspot.
But the trick is, you’ve gotta take it seriously.
Let me share with you how I learned to do it – and how I teach my clients that I work with in my business as an International Coach on Business & Leadership.
- Take a half hour on the weekend, with your favorite cup of coffee or your preferred brewed tea and ask yourself “When I’m gone from this Earth, to whom will that matter? What will they remember about me and how I was with them in life? How did I make them feel? What did I give them that they can hold onto long after I’m gone?”
- As you review the tasks ahead of you each morning, ask yourself: “Will this make a difference for those I love and cherish? Does it serve either a) my survival needs and my non negotiable values or b) those I love and adore?”
- Every night as you complete the day and plan your ‘tomorrow’, think about how you want to FEEL. Be sure to include ONE action that once finished, will give you that feeling and have you experiencing life as if no bit of your life is left un-lived.
This is what I did. It’s what I still do. It’s what I teach my clients with whom I work. It ensures I live Regret-Free each and every moment. It ensures my clients they live Regret-Free every single day.
And THAT is, sadly, a rare thing.
But you CAN do the same.
Question is…will you?