What wise words from Alchemist author, Paulo Coelho, “One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted.”
I don’t think it’s morbid to think of our mortality; I think it’s motivating.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh said, “Perhaps we never really appreciate anything until it’s challenged.”
She’s right. We tend to take life for granted.
We focus on what time to set the alarm, getting the kids off to school, the commute, our appointments for the day, what we’re going to have for dinner, what’s on TV that night.
We don’t usually take time to stop, look around and fill ourselves with gratitude for the fact that we’re alive, healthy, free.
We don’t often make time to absorb and appreciate the incredible abundance that surrounds us each and every day.
It’s easy to take tomorrow for granted.
We think about what we want to do – write that book, take that trip, spend more time with our loved ones – and it’s always, “I’ll do it later. Later when I’m not so busy. Later when I have more time. Later.”
What if later never comes?
What regrets would we have for perpetually postponing those things we always meant to do … someday?
I love January.
I love making new year’s resolutions.
I love the hope that goes along with the premise that we can have a fresh start anytime we want. That we can do things differently; that we can begin that priority we’ve put off.
What’s that for you?
For me, it’s writing.
I’ve had a blessed couple of years. Lots of speaking. Lots of coaching/consulting. Lots of business expansion.
And I’m grateful for it.
It’s a privilege to work with people who thrill me and to facilitate and expedite them getting their valuable messages out of their head and into the world.
2013 is my turn.
Time to schedule time on the calendar for my books – for my writing.
Doesn’t it make sense to honor our ideas as much as we honor others’?
How about you?
I am going to guess that you too have been facilitating other people’s work – other people’s growth – other people’s success. And it is a gift to be able to do that.
The question is, have you been doing that at the cost of your own contribution?
If so, how are you going to carve out time to honor your contribution as much as you honor others’?
I know what I’m going to do. I am going to write a half hour every morning.
Even when I have a day filled with consults. Even when I’m on the road traveling. Even when I’m speaking at conferences or hosting retreats.
A half hour. That’s not too much to ask, is it?
Care to join me?
Are you ready to commit a half hour every morning for YOUR heartfelt priority?
What is that for you?
I look forward to hearing from you as you embark on a year of “half hour a day” commitments to your “Paulo Coelho priority.”
Imagine what you will have accomplished by the end of the year.
Imagine how happy you will be looking back.
Happy that you acted on what you wanted to do.
Happy that you no longer put off your “Paulo Coelho Priority.”
Happy that you took responsibility for making your life what you want it to be now, not someday.
This has been my half hour for today … what’s your’s?