Assess your life on a daily basis.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have 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.

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.

Instructions

  1. Every morning, ask yourself in the mirror:
    If today would be the last day of my life, would I still do what I’m going to do today?
  2. Remind yourself that one day you will die, so you should be bold with your decision making.
    Don’t focus on the idea that you have something to lose. Instead, think about what you could be gaining...
  3. Let go of all external expectations, pride, and fear of embarrassment or failure.
    In the end, these things have no meaning. Letting them go will leave you with the things that are truly important.
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