And they all got a polite ‘no thanks‘ if I don’t think you’d be impressed.
Well except those that if they were being totally honest, would have read,
“Dear A Daring Adventure or some random dude who may be reading this,
Sadly, I’m a complete fucking idiot and cannot be arsed to do any research whatsoever about what kind of material you’re looking to publish on your blog.
However, I’m just desperately throwing some shit in your direction hoping you have either dementia and/or a crushing lack of concern as to what you publish and the value it offers to your readers.
As such I’m sending you my post on the dangers of eating green chicken found down the back of a sofa.
I hope you’ll run it even though it doesn’t fit your blog, your audience and is about as useful as being given a nipple clamp and a Jonas Brothers CD to defend yourself against a very hungry and pissed off Grizzly Bear.
Those usually either get immediately deleted or a rather sarcastic e-mail by return.
Then I get a post that has me hitting reply as soon as I finish it saying,’”Yes, I’ll run it as my next post!”
Fortunately for you, this falls into the rather rare second category.
How To Seize The Day For Non-Ninja’s
“Getting bored is not allowed.” – Kay Thompson
Your blank stare is fixed out of your office window to the parking lot below. The day is grey and it looks like it’s just started to drizzle. The office around you buzzes with fluorescent lighting and telephones.
And you sit at your desk, too full from lunch, in need of coffee, trying to muster the energy to begin the next task before you.
A perfect set-up for seizing the day.
“Wait, what? Seizing the day? That sounds like my day last Tuesday – and every day since then,” you think.
That’s because seizing the day doesn’t look like what you think it looks like.
When we think about seizing the day, we often think of life’s grand moments – the moments when we get to cross an item off our bucket list.
- See the Taj Mahal
- Swim with whale sharks
- Ride in a hot air balloon
All very exciting, but the truth is that seizing the day isn’t reserved for some point in your life when you get to go on great adventures.
It doesn’t happen only during your two-week vacation. It’s not just about life’s highlight moments.
Seizing the day can happen every day. Even next Tuesday.
What Seizing The Day Really Looks Like
The act of seizing the day isn’t as sexy as most people believe.
That’s because it’s not about being a ninja, or living like a movie star, or falling off the grid, traveling the world and living out of a backpack.
Seizing the day is for all of us – even if you live a much more conventional life.
Take me for example. While I think it would be unbelievably cool to be a globe-trotting super-spy, I’m actually a mini-van driving suburban housewife.
Could be a set up for super-boring.
I could just give up and believe that I’ll have to wait until the kids move out before I can start doing anything interesting.
And there was a time in my life when I believed that something had to be unconventional (in the way that most of us don’t truly want) to be amazing.
But now I realize that’s just not the case.
So instead of being boring, I’m also a blogger and a coach with big dreams that include writing a book and doing tropical workshop retreats.
And even though my idea of success has nothing to do with espionage, my real-life choices work for me because I’m committed to working toward my own definition of success.
For me, it’s all about what you decide to do with your real life right now – not about waiting for the more suave and ninja-like version of yourself to emerge.
It’s about moving forward and getting up, dusting yourself off, and making the most out of every situation when life knocks you down.
It’s about pressing towards something you want, despite every obstacle, and never, ever ceasing in your pursuit of your own definition of awesome.
So, What The Heck Am I Supposed To Do?
“Great,” you think. “I’m going to seize this moment to go to the grocery store!”
It feels a bit anti-climactic, no?
Let’s face it, ninjas rarely go to the grocery store. Their lives are just too action-packed for that. Heck, they might not have time to eat at all.
But the mundane stuff is actually a big part of most of our lives.
If we’re seizing the day every day, it’s going to have to include going to the grocery store. Or doing your paperwork. Or waiting in traffic. Because the truth is that most of us live “normal” lives, where we do that kind of stuff.
We get tripped up because we don’t realize that our real lives can still be awesome.
We sit around waiting for the moment when our real lives begin, but we’ve missed the fact that they have started already.
So, How Do You Seize The Day (even if you’re the mild-mannered alter-ego and not a ninja spy)?
So what if you’re committed to making the most out of today, and you have a long, boring to-do list anyway?
You’d make each experience as great as it can be.
You’d bring your best to every situation.
You wouldn’t lose sight of the fact that this is your moment to rock your own world.
You’d try to do more things you love and that align with your goals and less of the stuff that doesn’t.
You’d know that you can be your own hero and do everything it takes to achieve that big life goal that fires you up.
And you’d constantly work toward it no matter how impossible it seems.
So the next time you’re fantasizing about what life might be like if you were a ninja, (or ultra-rich, or a movie star, or someone with the freedom to live life out of a suitcase, or whatever form you imagine things would have to take in order to be seize-the-day-worthy), remind yourself that you can discover your awesome too.
- What does the best version of me look like?
- What would I actually find awesome to be doing in reality (not just in fantasy land)?
- What would that “me” do on a day-to-day basis, and how is it different from what I’m doing now?
Seizing the day is about the step you can take today toward being more awesome.
You don’t have to wait until you’re ready to sell everything and live unconventionally before you can embrace that. You can do it in this moment, right now.
So tell me, what one step can you take to seize today and embrace your own inner awesome?
Jessica Sweet is a life & career coach who works with people who are sick of their current jobs who want to find their passions and start making a living doing what they love – without leaving behind everything else they love about their lives.
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Update On Coach The Life Coach
I have been very busy beavering away getting everything ready for the first full course of Coach the Life Coach, that is provisionally slated to start on Sunday 3rd November at noon EST.
Places will be limited to 8 and I already have two people waiting to sign up, so have 6 available slots.
Previously the course has been 8 modules and I am extending it to 10 as well as adding other improvements to make sure every coach (or wannabe coach) who attends maximizes every single second and every single penny to the maximum.
All the information isn’t up on the site yet, however, if you want to be kept informed about the course as well as a very special offer I’ll be running soon check out the site and sign up for the newsletter.