“Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.”
—Seneca The Younger, ancient Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman
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How old are you? If you have a dog or cat, how old are they? How would you live your life if you knew that each day would cost you seven?
What would life look like if each and every day were lived as if it were a lifetime?
The mayfly has the shortest lifespan on earth — 24 hours or less. They probably don’t waste a single second.
365.1825. 3650. 7300. These are the number of days in one, five, ten, and twenty years.
What can and will you do with each of those daily lifetimes ahead?
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 19th Century German Writer & Statesman
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What is it to live a good life?
How does one measure a life well lived?
What intrinsic and extrinsic factors are your gyroscopic guides on this great adventure?
Many people are giving more thought to this, particularly as they look in the mirror and see the aging process in effect, or pine on what they were once able to do years earlier.
Many experts, happiness gurus, and people who live “in the moment” encourage all of us to explore our emotions and feelings in order to tap into these trustworthy cornerstones of how to live.
Where and how can you more fully tap into your thoughts, emotions, and feelings to assure yourself that you are indeed on the right life path?
“The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.”
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Over the six year life of The Quotable Coach, we’ve shared hundreds of posts exploring the concept of living longer and happier lives.
This Tibetan proverb could replace all of them with its simple wisdom.
Put forth an extra effort to practice the following ideas:
- Pay particular attention to the portion sizes and the quality of the foods you eat. Consider reducing your servings to 2/3 or 1/2 what you normally take, just to see what happens over a period of time.
- Our sedentary lifestyle is killing us! Where and in what ways can you expand your level of physical activity in this new year?
- Milton Berle used to say that laughter was a mini-vacation. How can and will you bring more chuckles and belly laughs into your life?
- Where and with whom would an abundance of love and affection brighten your world?
“Don’t let making a living prevent you from making a life.”
—John Wooden, former UCLA Basketball Coach
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Who do you know in your professional circle who has a great deal of regret because they did what today’s quote warned us against?
Over 30 years ago I had dinner with Frank, the Senior Vice President of the pharmaceutical company where I was a rookie sales representative. He had a huge job running the U.S. sales for what was then a four billion dollar Fortune 500 organization with more than 1,200 sales people in 20 regions spread across The United States.
On the surface, he exuded great success and accomplishment. Yet at the end of our dinner, he confided in me that his marriage, his relationship with his children, and even his health had suffered due to his job. His coaching for me was to not make the same mistake.
How can and will you change yourself so that making a life and making a living can be part of the same great journey?
“We must reclaim our life agenda once more.”
-Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author
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One of the most fundamental elements of people leading full and satisfying lives is autonomy, or as some might say, the ability to guide and direct our own lives.
For many, the ability to chart our own life course has been taken over, or at least overshadowed, by the professional and personal communities within which we operate.
One simple self-test to see if this is true for you is to examine how often your inner voice says, “I don’t want to…” when you are asked to do something.
How and in what small or big ways can you reclaim your own life agenda, to lead a fuller, more satisfying life?