Let me ask you something- are you truly living in the moment, present to everything that is going on around you? Or are you, like so many out there, living for a future date instead, constantly preparing for the next thing that is happening on your calendar?
As I hurried along to my first training session this morning it suddenly dawned on me that if anyone were to try and access Sean Willard in the present tense, he would be nowhere to be found. I was days ahead in my thoughts, strategizing and preparing. You might have gotten a few grunts or the odd word out of me if you tried to chat, but it is likely that conversation would have been unsatisfying. For all I know my kids could have been swinging from the light fixtures this morning to get my attention!
Many of us spend our entire lives getting ready for the days, weeks and months ahead. We find ourselves in a perpetual state of preparation – we prepare for social events, work deadlines, holidays, exams, sports matches, relax time even. We are always preparing and never really living.
Don’t misunderstand me, preparation and planning are vital aspects of our lives but we need to remember that the moment we are in, is actually the only moment that is guaranteed.
I don’t mean to sound morbid but you could be spending months and months planning a wedding, a big birthday party, a speaking engagement, or a needed holiday and “suspending your living” in the now. Learning to live in the present means that planning would take up a smaller part of your life while you get on with enjoying the day-to-day realities- I mean LIVING FULL OUT!
At this time of the month you may well be focusing on the month end debts that need to be paid, the food supplies that are running a little low, your exams or projects that must be completed by a certain day and all the while missing huge CHUNKS of your life that whizz on by each day!
Have you stopped your busy schedule today to appreciate the day? Have you hugged and kissed those closest to you, enjoyed the view on your way to work, stopped to talk to a colleague or Lucy the car guard ( yes, Lucy is the wonderful car guard whose smile lights up my day here in Stellenbosch), really enjoyed a good cup of tea or coffee (instead of gulping it down), taken a deep breath and savoured the sensation of being alive!
What are you waiting for?!
In Rugby, when a scrum is formed, the referee says “Crouch, touch, PAUSE & engage”. When the one team doesn’t comply and forgets to pause, the scrum usually collapses and chaos ensues!
Today, PAUSE for 2 minutes right now and absorb LIFE!
Until later, Have a Life Attack!
aka The Life Attack Guy
Speaker, Coach, Trainer & Author
You are halfway there!
July is upon us, which for those living in South Africa means the arrival of a persistent winter chill. We are bundling into warm clothing, cranking our heaters onto maximum temperatures, popping Vitamin C tablets, longing for central heating (most of us do not have!) and gearing down for a life indoors.
This increased need to drink numerous cups of tea/coffee/hot chocolate and to take time to snuggle and thaw makes July an ideal month to clamber off the frenetically-paced hamster wheel of life to take a breather and reflect.
How is the year going for you?
I believe strongly in the power of reflection. We cannot always live life on the trot, we need to pause and ask ourselves if we are still on track with our yearly intentions and goals. Otherwise we will never achieve them.
Take a few moments this week to ponder on the following:
• What might you need to let go of to make space for new growth, opportunities and experiences for the rest of the year? Perhaps July is the month to open your hands, release some clutter and wave it all goodbye. Perhaps its time to embrace some new, fun-filled life adventures!
• We often wait for the bigger picture of our lives to come into sharp focus before we will venture out and take risks. We want to know how a thing will pan out before we do anything. Instead of asking yourself so many ‘how’s, why not start asking a few ‘whys’? The saying goes that if the intention is clear (the why) the mechanism (the how) WILL appear!
Why pursue your dreams? Why risk? Why take action? Why explore your purpose further? Why set and pursue goals? (If you are having problems answering these questions, give me a shout and we can explore it together.) Once you get a strong sense of ‘why’ you should do a thing, the how becomes less significant.
• Is it time to kick-start your dreams into action? What small step can you take TODAY in the directions of fulfilling your dreams?
As you set goals, take small steps towards dreams and ask yourself why, remember that life is all about the journey. WHO we become in the process of achieving our goals is even more important than the reaching our desired destinations.
I have recently achieved one of my life goals – I have written a book, which has been great for my growth on this life journey. Have a Life Attack will on sale later in July through Amazon and Barnes & Noble etc! Watch this space for the release date because this book will help you to both discover and live your Purpose on Purpose!
The Life Attack Guy
Speaker, Coach, Trainer & Author