Ahhhhh – a New Year is here! A time for new goals, new beginnings, and for some of us, a new life! But – what happened to the dreams we had last year as this same time approached? And what about the prior year?
Many times in our lives, we say to ourselves: “When ___________________, I will get/be ___________________.”
Fill in the blanks:
• When I buy the new company, I will have more time for my family
• When I get the corner office, I will have the influence to make a difference
• When I finish the construction on my home, I will have more satisfaction
• When I get that bonus, I will surprise my loved one with that special gift
• When I get my stock portfolio to perform, I will purchase that new car
• When I win the lottery, I will travel to the country I’ve always wanted to see
• When I lose 20 pounds, I will be happy
• When I hire the right person, I will have more time to exercise
• When I ___________________, I will ___________________
I’m often asked for advice during difficult times in people’s lives or businesses. My answer is usually: “It’s very simple – not always easy, but always simple!” When we align our actions with our core values, our life and leadership journey become simple.
Most people drastically change their lives when confronted with a terminal illness. These are what I call the “two-by-fours” in life. They begin to exercise, travel, spend time with their loved ones, purchase that business, take that risk, have that child, spend quality time with their employees…. Why do we have to wait until we encounter a “two-by-four” to live the life we’ve always wanted to live? Why is it that most New Year’s resolutions are broken long before the first quarter of the year?
What if you were given three months to live – how would that change your life? What if we took each moment in our lives as if it was our last moment on earth. How would that change the way we live our lives? Our time with our kids, significant others, associates, and business partners would mean more… we would be “present” every moment with everyone around us, and make each moment count. We would seize every moment and squeeze every inch of life from every experience we have. We wouldn’t take each other for granted, but rather look to add value to each interaction. We would say what we had to say and not leave anything unsaid.
I’m reminded of my father’s last words, five minutes before he passed away: “Life is beautiful, knowing how to live it!” This has become a mantra in our family.
In this New Year, let’s take inventory of what truly matters to us, and let’s not wait for ___________________ in order to ___________________. Let’s Seize the Moment and make every moment count. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life! Because “Life is beautiful, knowing how to live it!” ~ Luis Carlos Rengifo
Dr. Betty Uribe is Executive Vice President of California Bank & Trust
Seize the Moment! © Dr. Betty Uribe, January 2018