Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you had one week left to live, would you still be doing what you’re doing now? In what areas of your life are you preparing to live? Take them off your To Do list and add them to a To Stop list. Resolve to only do what makes you come alive.

Bonus: How can your goals improve the present and not keep you in a perpetual “always something better” spiral?

I’ve got a neat little trick on this one. It’s called the Born Genius process. One of my businesses, Red Hill Publishing, published a book about the idea. Written by a life coach, Peter Barr. I’ve got another book on the subject on the way and I’ll tell you more about that when it’s ready to publish.

The answer to the question: we all need to learn to be happy with what we have, wherever we happen to be. In obtaining our goals we need to be focused on the process as much as the outcome. In doing that our focus moves from “better” to the present.