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Are You Living the Life You Want or Is It Just Happening?

One of the phrases often used when talking about enjoying life or ensuring you make the most of your time here, goes something like this …You do not want to be lying on your death bed “wishing” that you had done things which you could be doing now!

The underlying message of course is that we should take a little time to understand what is important to us and to actually work towards achieving those things while we still can.

I remember an article on life planning in the context of financial planning … incidentally I’m much better at spending money than I am at planning how to maximize it!

The article talked about three questions that are used to make you focus in on what is really important to you.

Here are those questions:

1. Imagine that you are financially secure, that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your needs, now and in the future. How would you live your life? Would you change anything?

2. Now imagine that you visit your doctor, who tells you that you have only five to ten years to live. You won’t ever feel sick, but you will have no notice of the moment of your death. What will you do i the time you have remaining? Will you change your life – and how will you do it?

3. Finally, imagine that your doctor shocks you with the news that you only have 24 hours to live. What feelings arise as you confront your mortality? Ask yourself: What did you miss? Who did you not get to be? What did you not get to do?

Once you have given sufficient thought to this exercise you will be focused on the things that are truly important to you.

The next step is to give them the right level of priority (very high) in your life, and to make them happen!

If you have these items on your bucket list, and have a plan to make them happen then you are truly taking charge of tour life.

This is far more preferable to just accepting life as it happens!

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)

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I write these articles with the intent of sharing MY experience and knowledge gained during MY life journey. From the 16 year old joining the Royal Navy, through many incarnations, to the grey haired guy who built a business. If you find a nugget here, then I am happy. If the message offends you then I apologise, that was never my intent. I know and recognize there are many people and groups who have a far bigger challenge than I have had and I only wish you well.