Recently, I was reminded of the famous Steve Jobs’ quote:
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
I like to suggest some background to asking yourself this question:
* Are you making progress towards your larger goals?
Even if it seems slow and stuff gets in the way that’s outside your control, are you moving forward?
* Are you spending time on the things that feed you, like exercising, meditation, laughing with friends?
To be your best, nourish your soul. Do not sell yourself short. Mens sana in corpore sano.
* Even if you are handling tasks you’d rather not – like doing the laundry or filing your taxes – do you honor them as part of the life you want to live?
My yoga teacher once showed up insanely happy for our lesson telling us students that today he was the guy who is paying the bills and ordering the towels. If he had to do it he chose to do it with zest.
* Is the vision of your life big enough to excite you?
Like Stephen Covey said: “Have the end in mind“. Is your end in mind what you would choose over and over again?
* Do you honor your Values?
Values are not morals, they define what makes you happy and what ticks you off. Sometimes we push them aside with words like “I should” or “I can’t” but if that goes on for too long you are paying the emotional price.
* Are you with people who inspire you?
This is so simple yet we need to remember it: Think of who you encountered today, in person, on the phone, on the internet? Focus on the ones that left you smiling, that gave you a rush of confidence or told you something that you find really useful. Now seek out more people like that and leave the others in the shadows.
So, what’s your answer today?
1) about this photo: I went to Lima on a “spousal trip” where my husband had meetings in the city. His local colleague asked me what I would like to do. I told him I wanted to ride a real Peruvian Paso – for some of us horse lovers the Ferrari of horse breeds. That weekend I found myself at the beautiful hacienda of one of the top breeders who took me out on a ride, allowing me to ride his amazing horse. It was one of the days I will never forget.