“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” –Steve Jobs
When you’re young, it’s easy to feel like you’ve got all the time in the world find happiness, find purpose, accomplish your goals, be successful, live your dreams, and live your life to the fullest. When you’re in your teens, 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s—when you’ve still got youth on your side—it’s easy to fall into that trap of losing your urgency. It’s easy to assume that there’s no rush to accomplish all of the goals that you really want for you life because you’ve got the rest of your years to figure stuff out.
Having lots of time left on this earth to live your life is a gift. But it can also be a curse—a curse that kills your urgency, keeps you complacent, keeps you comfortable, and causes you to procrastinate.
Why write your book, run your marathon, launch your career, live your purpose, find your soul-mate, or climb your mountain, when you’ve got the rest of your life to do it?
Having youth on your side can be a serious obstacle to finding the urgency you need to stop procrastinating and get your goals accomplished before it’s too late.
The average life expectancy for a human being is 70 years. But what you have to keep in mind is, nothing is guaranteed. Life is unpredictable. So even though you can expect to stay alive until a long time from now, staying in good health for the next thirty, forty, fifty, or sixty years never a sure thing. That’s why you have to attack your goals, do what you love, enjoy happiness in the now, and live your life with a powerful sense of urgency, passion, and authenticity.
Even though you live a healthy lifestyle and expect to survive for a long time, you have to live your life—like Steve Jobs did—on the assumption that your time is limited. And you don’t have much time left. You have to LIVE EACH DAY AS IF IT’S YOUR LAST.
“For the past 33 years, I’ve looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” –Steve Jobs
That’s Why A Near-Death Experience Might Be Exactly What You Need.
Although no one wishes to have a close encounter with death, Near-Death Experiences have been known to change lives for the positive. Because having a near-death encounter makes you more aware of your mortality. Escaping a near-death moment gives you a lifelong reminder that even though you’ve got the rest of your life ahead of you, nothing is guaranteed. Our time here is limited. And today could very well be your last chance to feel happy, tell others how you feel about them, live your purpose, add value to the lives of the people around you, accomplish your goals, and live your life to the fullest.
Having a Near-Death Experience gives you the gift of urgency. It gives you that ability to truly appreciate and live each day as if it’s your last.
And urgency is something we all need. Because when you spend each day operating out of attack-mode, relentlessly grinding to make your visions reality before it’s too late, you’ll be able to leave a legacy as great as Steve Jobs’ and leave this world behind with no regrets.
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