I very nearly entitled this post “When Death Comes A-Knocking” but felt that was perhaps a little morbid for this time of day! (Picasso?? Death?? – please bear with me - I promise this is going somewhere!)
I have had this quote on my phone for a loooong time, because every now and again I’ll come across it and it will give me an #actionboot up the backside. As a perpetual ‘last-minute-Jane’, procrastination and I have had a long-standing relationship. I therefore find quotes like this always serve as a sharp reminder that rarely will the “I’ll do it tomorrow” attitude get you anywhere in life. After all, today is yesterday's tomorrow! Whether it’s launching your dream business, organising that holiday, or simply calling your Grandma for a catch up – acting today is the only way to take one step closer to achieving fulfilment.
Picasso’s words sprang to mind recently when I attended a seminar and one of the guest speakers put this exercise to us…
Close your eyes and imagine that today, right now, death comes a-knocking at your door. "Time’s up”, he says...
How do you respond?
Do you instantly feel the panic I felt of, “NOW?!?!! But I need more time! – there’s so much I have left to do/say/be/see/achieve!!” or can you comfortably sit there and say “I am so happy with what I have achieved, the impact I have had and am grateful for the journey I’ve been on. I’m ready.”
Obviously this is extraordinarily hypothetical, and never that black and white, but the exercise struck a cord in me. To chase dreams, to “chase your lobsters”, suggests a never-ending pursuit. But it’s the dreams that are never ending, rather than the chase – to catch one dream often only inspires another. What’s sad to me though, is that so many people never even start to chase. How often do people reach the end of their time and look back with regret? Whether it’s procrastination, laziness, lack of self-belief, circumstances, finance - goodness, the list of reasons why not to start chasing is seemingly endless. Here’s the hard pinch of it though - what if these ‘reasons’ are actually just excuses you create to make the reality of you living with regrets more comfortable? Only you have the power to mould your path into the day/week/life of your dreams. You create your ‘story’. You make daily choices that either take you a step closer to achieving your ambitions, or a step further away. So ask yourself again, “what is it that I want to make of my time in this world?” then start chasing. Start TODAY!