1. If I died today, what would I regret no being able to do?
2. Are those the things I’m spending time doing right now?
(Start, by Jon Acuff, 2013)
It’s not like we haven’t heard these questions before in some shape or form, but for some reason the way that Jon poses the questions have struck me.
What is it that I would regret not being able to do if I died. Immediately I thought of my family and not being able to see my sweet kids smiles, to laugh with my wife, to see my dad again. And then the second wave of thoughts are all the things I’ve wanted to do for years (write a book, professional speaking, mentoring others) but never had the time to do.
“I was scared to write a book. Talking about it was easier and safer than trying it and possibly finding out I didn’t have what it takes. I clutched apathy tightly like a shield to my chest, pretending I didn’t really care about writing a book. I was also lazy. I was content to be an average husband and dad. ” (Start, by Jon Acuff, 2013)
It’s clear that most of us have dreams and goals in life. And sometimes those goals are clearer than others, but if you don’t change the way you live now – those things will never get done. You must change.
What got you here will not be able to get you there.
It takes courage to truly pursue grand and big dreams, but that’s what living with purpose is about!
The number one regret of people on their deathbeds according to “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” is:
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
So while you still have some years, months, or weeks left if your life, what is it that you’d regret not being able to do, and what are you doing right now to pursue those things?