If you live each day as if it will be your last, one day you will most certainly be right.
Life comes with no guarantees, BusyCoach. No promise that you’ll meet or surpass the average life expectancy. No certainty that if you work your hardest you’ll win a championship. No assurance that you’ll avoid cancer. I suppose there is just one sure thing: you and I will have a last day. Not trying to be morbid, just stating the facts. And issuing a reality check.
The above quote inspired Jobs to look in the mirror each morning and ask himself, would I want to engage in the work I face today if this was my last day? Looking back at Jobs’ life, it seems that this question helped him to stay on a path toward the spectacular innovation that not only lit his fire, but transformed the way the world works, communicates, listens to music, etc. He loved creating beautiful technology and kept that as his focus.
How do you respond to his question? If “yes,” then you’re probably passionately pursuing your dream, embracing each new day with enthusiasm. But if your answer is “no” for too many days in a row, something may need to change.
You only get one shot at your short time on this planet. Make each day count.
Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. —Psalm 90:12