What if you only had six months to live, and in that scenario you were well enough to LIVE fully every single 24-hour day of it. Let's say that instead of a debilitating illness, you were simply given the foresight that your time here on earth would instantly cease exactly six months from today...
What would you do?
Perhaps that seems like a morbid question, or a negative thought to ponder. Maybe it is. But let's be honest - we are all on borrowed time, and no one knows exactly how much time that may be. Let's think it through for a minute, though...
I suppose the easy way out would be to just STOP - relax - quit pushing yourself so hard. I mean, why pay the bills or get in amazing shape or do anything at all really? You could just drop everything and ENJOY LIFE. Right?
The fact is though, you could live another 6 years or 60 years, so you don't really have the option to QUIT and do nothing. We all have to live every day like it's the very last, and like we need to make it last, at the same time.
This question came to mind while I was considering my priorities.
On that note, there's a big difference between Goals and Priorities.
We all know what our goals are, or have a general idea at least. Goals are basically just a wish list - things we want or hope to achieve. Priorities is where we actually spend our time, they are the things that are most important to us.
If you want to know if your Goals are even a priority to you at all, keep a Time Log for the next week and see if any of your Goals show up in the list of things you do every day or every week. For most people, they don't.
There's a solution to that, of course: Make your Goals a Priority.
I'm heavily focused on my own priorities lately... I've been feeling anxious and overwhelmed, and I'm tired of feeling anxious and overwhelmed. There are reasons I'm feeling that way of course. Just the usual "life stuff" like pianos that fall from the sky out of nowhere right on your head or in your path, lol.
We have two options in life: continue on the current path of our lives (good or bad), or switch gears / change paths / make changes and continue in a different direction. Ideally a new and better direction. 🙂
Doing NOTHING is an option, but it STILL changes things. It's actually negligent in most cases, and will result in things going downhill.
No path stays linear, or stays the same. You're either improving or declining - even if you stick your head in the sand (or ignore your options). You're still moving in one direction or the other at all times, and at light speed sometimes it feels like.
It's amazing (or shocking) how six short months can dramatically improve - or really damage - your life, your well-being, your lifestyle and/or your financial situation.
I've never been one to sit around and do nothing.
Not for long at least. 😉
I tend to be very proactive by nature. Or maybe not by nature, but more because I don't really have any other choice, lol. When presented with "work or starve" it's basic human nature to pick "work." Or that's my thinking anyway...
While I'm working on solutions, on turning things around and making positive changes in my life, I've been reading some great pieces that I think you'll enjoy too.
Here are my Top 3 favorites from my "recent reads" I would highly recommend:
What BIG difference or BIG changes can you make in 6 months?
I'm presenting that question to you because it's one I'm working on myself.
I know what my goals are, so the "work" is in prioritizing those goals into a short-term plan: an Action Plan for the next six months. I think that's smart. It's achievable - as long as I don't get overly ambitious about it, which I often tend to do -lol.
If you're ready for a turnaround too, here are some of the questions / thoughts I'm using in my own brainstorming & planning...
(Do more of that! How can I scale it?)
What's NOT working - and WHY?
(Can I quit it? If not, can I outsource it?)
What are my problem areas?
What is the easiest solution to those problems?
Can I turn one of these problems into a solution? (Usually!)
What stresses or worries or distracts me most?
(Solutions: How can I fix or eliminate those things?)
What do I most want to achieve before I leave this planet?
What needs to happen in order to accomplish that?
Everything is fine here. (I repeat those words several times a day.) Refer back to Link #2 above. 🙂 It pays to stop your runaway mind in it's tracks, reel yourself back into the present moment, and continue forward toward improvements and solutions.
That's exactly what I'm doing right now. I'm going to get back to it, in fact. I just wanted to stop for a moment and sit down and share this with you. My hope is that it proves as helpful to you as it has for me over the last few weeks.
If your life and business is all rainbows and fairy dust right now, bookmark this for later. "This too shall pass" works both ways. It's the poor man's greatest hope, and the rich man's greatest fear. 😉 Such is life with it's twists and turns and phases.
I wish you rainbows.:)
Hmm. If this came across negative or worrisome, my apologies. Everything TRULY is fine. I hesitate to hit the Publish button, but the thought nags me in the back of my mind that someone somewhere (you?) needs to read this today...
p.s. Create a 6 month plan today. You deserve to live the best life you can! 🙂