You are literally you as long as you want to be

You don’t have to wait 10 years to be the person you want to be. You can literally be who you want to be as of reading this.

We all believe that we need to DO a bunch of things to BE who we want to be in the future. This is not correct.

If you want to be healthier, or there for your kids, or a better listener, or a bird watcher you can be that person right now. You then DO and get what is needed to facilitate and support who you are.

We too often confuse HAVING or DOING with BEING. But if you take a little time to run that in the other direction you’ll realise you don’t have to wait to catch up with ‘future you’ to be happy and purpose-led. You just have to be happy and purpose-led today to lead yourself to the things and activities that you want to be doing… why delay feeling happy and fulfilled for no reason?

We are many things: parents, managers, doctors, cyclists, eaters, runners. None of these things are who we ARE they are just what we do. When you realise they are separate you can instantly decide who you want to be even if you don’t or can’t immediately change what you do day-to-day.

So go be good to yourself today and spend a little time thinking about who you want to be.

Word of the day: Culture

  1. the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.
  2. the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.

30 Second Resolutions

Just like sprouts to Christmas, resolutions get relegated to the start of the year. We all take a deep breath, make a bunch of promises that are mostly broken by spring and then let ourselves spend the rest of the year aquiring stress, berating ourselves about our failures and wishing we had more drive and direction. 

Instead of giving yourself the single best (and then worst) present each year of optimistic resolutions, give yourself an amazing present every day. When you open your eyes (or perhaps when you take your first sip of coffee) allow yourself 30 seconds each day to think about what you could do to improve your life by just 1%. Over the course of a year this adds up, and it’s more likely you’ll achieve what you want.

Lofty goals and ‘big purpose’ is hugely valuable however, this comes with a side helping of patience and risk. Give yourself the gift of ‘big purpose’ but on a daily basis why not treat yourself to little gifts of constant improvement.

The word for today is: Ikigai.
Meaning: (生き甲斐) is a Japanese term for “a reason for being.” The word ‘Ikigai’ usually refers to the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile.