December 3

Everyone wants…


Are you satisfied, truly satisfied, with your life? I guess if you are, you’d not be reading this, but hey ! if you really are, then you’ve learned to “be content in everything’ as St Paul wrote. It’s interesting to note that this was despite having a ‘thorn’ in his side.

So I doubt that anyone is truly satisfied with themselves or their lives (this side of eternity at least). We want more of some things, and less of others, don’t we? So what do you want more of? Is it time, or money, or happiness, or love, or contentment, or stuff and things (please no!). Maybe it’s more food. Or just stimulation (no, not that type here please !) ?

As I sit on the train writing this en route to Cardiff, the chap behind me is waxing lyrical to someone on the phone (oh, we hate that, don’t we… or do we..?) about how he’d heard a celebrity in conversation at the South Bank recently. Including this gem: “I should do things like that more often”. Lets ignore the ‘should’ for today (I’ll come back to that another week) and hold on to the essence of the comment – that there are probably lots of experiences that you’ve had that you’d love to repeat. But you don’t. Why? Too busy? Or just forgotten? Maybe you’ve wondered about something but never actually tried it? The chap on the phone only realised after the experience !


What have you forgotten you enjoy? What, if you decided that it was possible to take the time out to do it, could you do? Or have you argued yourself into what Marshall Goldsmith calls “The daydream” that goes like this:

“I’m too busy with X, Y and Z to worry about myself/my friends/my family/having fun just now. When those are finished in the next week, I’ll be sure to take time out to do them then”

It’s a daydream. A slower day IS NOT COMING! Every minute we have is here now, and gone then.

So what do you actually want?  (not what don’t you want!) How are you going to get that? TODAY? (Clue: Goldsmith’s book ‘Mojo’ might help)

Remember: “If you keep on doing…”



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