Everyone wants to live a life that’s full, meaningful, and fulfilling — whatever those words mean for you.
Just this morning, I was reading an article in the news, about a man who was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor and had only 18 months to live.
Immediately he got this report, he made a checklist of everything he’d love to do before dying; and started doing them right away.
In less than 6 months, he had written a book, digitized all his family videotapes, and had dinners with high school buddies from the past.
He was also present to watch his grandchild being born, and secured a position in Physics at Eastern Kentucky University.
This got me thinking — a lot.
How was he able to do all of these things in such a short space of time (including other items not listed here)?
Did he miraculously acquire new powers and skills? Did he suddenly become stronger? What exactly changed?
Just 1 thing — he knew that he had very limited time to live.
And he was determined to make the best use of it.
As I read through his story and thought about my own life, I could easily see exactly how I’d do the same if that was my situation.
It made me realize that we spend so much energy & time dreaming, wishing, and planning about the life we’d like to live “some day” — thereby missing out on the awesome powers of today.
I thought to myself; when exactly is “some day”? And, what stops me from living that kind of life today?
Specifically, what would I change if I knew I had only 12 months to live?
A few things came to my mind right away:
- I’d call my Mom & Dad more often.
- I’d spend more time with my kids.
- I’ll never work on weekends.
- I’ll never go to bed later than 10 pm.
- I’ll be more intentional to pause, reflect, and appreciate the blessings in my life.
- I’d tell people what I really think more often.
- I’d stop waiting for perfect conditions before I do certain things.
- I’d play a lot more.
- I’d go out of my way to share my core life messages with as many people as possible.
- I’d live a fuller life for Christ & stop apologizing for believing in God.
What’s stopping me from doing all of these things? Sincerely, nothing.
Just plain laziness.
As I thought deeper & carried out further reflection to see what was going on inside, I could clearly see my excuses for what they were — just excuses.
The lies I tell myself as reasons include:
- I need to make more money first
- I don’t have time
- I’d be missing out on opportunities
- I’ll be misunderstood
- I’ll be criticized and judged
- The conditions are not right
- I’m too busy for that
The list goes on.
But you know what, I’m done. I’m done lying to myself. I’m done making excuses for my inaction.
Today marks a new beginning in my life, literally.
With every fiber of my being, I’m going to live the best life possible.
Not tomorrow, not next year, and definitely not when I retire.
But right now, today.
How does this story relate to a business blog?
Sincerely, I don’t care.
It doesn’t matter if they’re not related. I just publicly documented my learning and you can make of it what you will.
I know my approach to my work and business will be drastically affected by the new decisions I’ve made today. But that’s for me.
How about you?
What would you change in your life if you only had 12 months left?
Would you maintain the same relationships? Would you keep doing your work the same way as today? Would you go reconcile with someone?
What’s preventing you from making those changes today?
If, like me, the answer is nothing; then why not join me on this journey of radical living and be the best version of yourself today?
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