If there's one thing 2016 has taught us all, it's that life's short. None of us know if we'll be here on this wonderful planet until we're 50 or 100.
Which is a damned good reason to make every moment count! Don't you think?
I'm not one to think much about the end of my life. I always tell everyone I plan to live until the ripe old age of 100... but of course maybe I won't.
Regardless, I want to make the most of every day, or even every second, I have left doing what I love, with the people I love...AND making a difference in the lives of people near and far.
On the day I die, I want to be able to say, I put myself out there. I had courage. I pursued my vision. And I'm proud to have lived the life I absolutely wanted to live.
Deep down, that's what we all want, isn't it?
While many complained at the end of 2016 what a 'terrible' year it was, to me it was more of a reminder that, whoever you are, whatever you do, you simply don't have time to waste.
Is that kicker enough to get your 2017 butt into gear? To make this year your best year yet?
Doesn't it get you stirred up, thinking about what you really want to do with your life or how you want to spend your days?
What do you most want to get out of 2017?
And WHO do you most want to be? You know, the person you are at your absolute best.
How would it feel to bring more of your best self to every day?
Are you not only dreaming big dreams but ready and willing to find a way to make them a reality?
Or are you happy for now just coasting along putting off your dreams for another day?
Someday I'll go for that promotion.
Someday I'll start that business.
Someday I'll say what I really think.
Someday I'll work out what I really want for my future.
Just not today.
Today I'm tired
It was a BIG day.
I'm burnt out and stressed.
Circumstances aren't quite right yet for me to take the leap.
Things will change soon and when they do, then I'll start chasing my dreams.
When I (insert desired state here), then I'll be ready to take the next step in my life...
Well, I've got news for you....There NEVER will be a 'right' time.
If you keep waiting for the perfect moment you'll never 'feel like' putting yourself out of your comfort zone, facing your fears, putting down your tools to reflect and decide where to next. It's simply not going to happen unless you choose this path consciously.
BUT (and this is the best part of all...) making the choice to change things up is absolutely ALL it takes. A commitment to just do it. Simply making the decision to change course and then putting one foot in front of the other towards your dreams every day.
Changing your life is not a waiting game. It's an internal game. It's not about how busy you are, how much energy you have, the hours you work or the circumstances you now find yourself in. It's about deciding for yourself - Yes! I'll do this! It's time for me to take the reins. And not only do I want to do it - I know I CAN do it!
This year, I'd like to throw you a challenge! My challenge to you is this.
CREATE your future. Don't wait for it to come to you. Do it consciously. Make the decision about how you want things to be and find the way.
Don't wait for the perfect time. Make the time.
Get clear. Decide exactly what it is you want to experience.
Imagine it. Feel it as if you had already arrived.
Ask yourself; What do I really want to feel? Deep down?
I know you know.
You just need to remember what it feels like to be on track and in alignment with who you were always meant to be.
Take the vision as far as you need to, to feel energised and excited again.
Maybe it's getting up early and going for a run tomorrow morning.
Maybe it's spending more time with your kids.
Maybe it's publishing a book, starting a business, renovating a beautiful house or moving into a CEO role in a multinational corporation.
LEAD yourself through any resistance you face. Decide that, in spite of all your excuses not to, you'll take that first step anyway.
Acknowledge what's been standing in your way all this time and ask yourself; Would my best self really let this get in the way?
If not, let it go. Surrender any barriers which exist in your mind.
Then take action every day and LIVE each moment as if it were your last - fully present.
This moment is yours. As is the next. DO whatever it takes to make this day, and every day forward from here, the absolute best it can be.
All you have to do is take that one small first step.
DECIDE to create, lead and live the life of your dreams.
Do it now. It's no secret - life's not going to wait.