You’re on your deathbed. You’re soon to take your final breath.
Then someone gives you a gift.
The gift is the ability to travel back in time and give advice to the present you – advice that could potentially be life changing.
What advice would the wise but near-to-death you, who now understands what matters and what doesn’t, give to the fully-living present you?
Research by Dr Marshall Goldsmith found that when people are asked that question they come up with the following answers:
Have fun. Life is shorter than you think, and always shorter than you want it to be.
Don’t put off having fun. Don’t save fun for weekends and holidays. Find ways to incorporate fun into your daily life, at work and at home.
Be happy now – not tomorrow, next week, next year, NOW.
The greatest myth of our lives is that we’ll be happy when……
we get that promotion, we have a baby, we lose weight, we buy that new house, new car, pay our debts off.
Think of that older version of you as the When. The time to be happy is now. Don’t wait until you’re old. You’ll have missed out on so much happiness.
Don’t be so busy chasing what you don’t have that you forget to notice what you do have.
Many of us are fortunate enough to have jobs, family, friends, good health; enough money to put a roof over our heads and food on our tables. Don’t get so wrapped up chasing the stuff you don’t have. Instead, spend your time appreciating what you do have.
Spend more time with family and friends.
On your deathbed, you’ll look around and none of your coworkers or bosses will be there. Your friends and family are far more important.
If you have a dream – go for it.
We’re not talking about becoming a multi-millionaire or being a Hollywood star – it may just be learning another language, learning to play piano, going to Hawaii, getting a qualification…..whatever it is, don’t put it off, because the more you put it off the less chance there is of you ever doing it.
Do whatever you can to help people.
When you’re older you’ll look back and be glad you helped people – and disappointed in yourself if you didn’t.
Do what you think is right.
It will make a difference to how you feel about yourself now, and you’ll look back and be glad you followed your own moral and ethical codes.
So – what do you plan to do with this wisdom that the older-you has just imparted?