My dear Aunt Peggy died not long ago after being sick for quite some time. As with any death, those left behind are saddened by her passing.
Yet, mixed with those feelings of sadness and loss are also feelings of happiness and joy. Aunt Peggy lived a full, rich life during her 82 years. She was one of those special people who had a way of brightening the lives of others and finding happiness in small pleasures.
As often happens when we lose someone close to us, I began to think more about my own life. Experiencing Aunt Peggy’s death was a reminder for me about the importance of being intentional in creating a fulfilling life here and now that I truly enjoy.
Few people at the end of their lives say that they wish they would have spent more time working, worrying and agonizing over life. Most of them say things like, I wish I would have taken more risks and tried more things, I wish I would have told others how much I care about them more often, I wish I would have worried less, I wish I would have gone for my dream. Lincoln once said, “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Every day is a gift and a new opportunity to choose life. What will you do today to put more life in your years?
• Reconnect with your dreams —
In the nitty-gritty of daily life, it is easy to lose sight of what is most important to you. What is your dream for your life? Travel? Start your own business? Write a book? Take up a new hobby, sport or activity? Run for office? Sing? Dance? Make an impact on the world? Ask yourself: What is my dream for my life?
• Do something every day for your dream —
Make it a priority to do one thing every day that will move you closer to your dream. Great success comes from consistently doing the little things that eventually grow to be big accomplishments. Ask yourself: What is one thing I will do today for my dream?
• Enjoy the journey —
Life was made for living. Make time to enjoy it along the way. Give yourself permission to do something just for the fun of it. Ask yourself: What will I do today to enjoy life?
• Get the support you need to create the life you want —
Build in the support you need to make your dreams a reality. Having a mentor or coach can help you stay focused to create the outcomes you most want. Ask yourself: Who will ask to support me in making my dream a reality?
If you are ready to make the most of your life and would like to explore how coaching may support you, call me to schedule your discovery session. Here’s to your best life now!
Pat Morgan, MBA and professional coach, works with busy professionals to help them become more profitable and productive by capitalizing on their strengths and taking focused action to create powerful change.