Would You Set Goals If You Knew You Were Dying?

If you knew you were going to die in one month, would you still set goals? How about six months? Would you still pursue your already established goals? Would there be goals that you would regret not having already achieved? Or, would there just be a list of last minute tasks and goodbyes?

One of the greatest catalysts for conquering goal achievement inertia is the emotional acknowledgment of our own mortality.

Intellectually, we already acknowledge our mortality. We are all quite aware that there is no one alive who is not going to die sooner or later, including, sadly, ourself. But, the emotional acceptance that our life might end sooner than we care to think about…well, that’s just not something …we care to think about.

Here is the beginning of an article written by Bronnie Ware, an Australian musician who worked with the dying for many years. This short article might help you answer some of the above questions.

“For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common…”

You can read the rest of Bronnie’s article HERE, on her blog, and I recommend you do.

BTW, how do you know that you aren’t going to die in one month…or two, or six, or twelve?

Answer: you don’t.

Enjoy today.
Achieve today.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!

PS:  If you haven’t seen the movie “The Bucket List,” get it and watch it soon. You’ll get to see how two dying old codgers played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman meet and journey together on a final excursion with a bucket full of goals in hand. It’s both comical and poignant.

Goal Quote – Apr. 18, 2014

“What I wanted was to be allowed to do the thing in the world that I did best—which I believed then and believe now is the greatest privilege there is. When I did that, success found me.”
—Debbi Field

 

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Enjoy today.
Achieve today.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!

 

Goal Quote – Apr. 17, 2014

“When we focus on perfection, we will be forever frustrated. When we focus on progress, we feel invigorated.”
—Jeff Shore

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Enjoy today.
Achieve today.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!

 

Goal Quote – Apr. 16, 2014

“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”
—Denis Waitley

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Enjoy today.
Achieve today.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!

 

Achievement Quote – Feb. 8, 2014

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

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Enjoy today.
Achieve today.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!

LinkedIn Licks

Here are some great tips for creating or adding some punch to your LinkedIn profile

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Thanks to Melonie Dodaro for creating an infographic with some great tips.
The post Make Your LinkedIn Profile Kick Ass appeared first on Lifehack.
Also from Lifehack: Use Your LinkedIn Data to Create a Stunning Visual Resume

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Enjoy today.
Achieve today.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!

What Do You Think?

Mind_Subway

“Forget everything you learned,” they told me on the first day of law school. Three years and $150,000 later they erased from my mind all the half-truths I learned from school and my family. They were not teaching law, they acknowledged, they were teaching thinking. As an entrepreneur, you, too, have to relearn everything from scratch. Be yourself.

As much as it seemed like a rip-off back in law school, I later realized knowing how to think is the most valuable thing. Period. You can do it yourself, for free, but be ready to painfully rethink everything you know, with a lot of courage. The reason is that by the time you figure out you have to unlearn you are already packed with multiple identities – the child, the student, the spouse, the employee, the citizen, the parent. None of them teach you to be an entrepreneur. Or to see opportunity. They just tell you what is required of you. To see opportunity – for that you have to think yourself. And, just as importantly, rethink and unlearn what you were told in your pre-entrepreneur life.

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This article was written by, and the Infographic was created by, Anna Vital and first appeared on one of my favorite sites: Funders and Founders.

 

Enjoy today.
Achieve today.
Tomorrow is promised to no one!