I talk to young and old, rich and poor. Many question their purpose in life, at work, at play. They struggle with what to do to make sure they become the person who they want to become, doing what they want to do, with the people and organizations they choose. I find it with all ages, races, religions, creeds, and genders.
If you find yourself with this dilemma, answer some questions—What would I do if I had just six months to live? You have just half a year, in perfect health, and then, poof! you’re gone: What would you do? What would you not do? Who would you be with? Who would you not be with? Where would you go? Not?
Asking these questions helps us to approach life from a significantly changed perspective. It establishes a needed sense of urgency, addressing life as an emergency, rather than as if we have unlimited time to do everything we’ll ever want. With only six months to go, we wouldn’t waste our precious time and energy—our fast-diminishing existence—on misguided activities, in the wrong place, with the wrong people, doing the wrong thing, whether they paid us or not!
When you get your answers: if that’s what you’d be doing if you were living your last one hundred and eighty-two and one-half days—your last 2 dozen Fridays, and that last Thanksgiving dinner—shouldn’t you make your changes now, to be who you could be, while you still have plenty of time?