4 Ways to Make 2018 the Best Year of Your Life

If 2018 was your last year on earth, and you had to keep your job, what would you do differently?

Brevity simplifies priority.

#1. Enjoy.

You’d feel an urgency to enjoy life if the end was near. You’d say “yes” more frequently if fear governs you. You’d say “no” if pleasing others dominates you.

“You can have it all,” is a lie that destroys enjoyment.

#2. Practice presence.

“Being present” seemed like New Age gobbledygook to me, but the former CEO of KPMG, Eugene O’Kelly, made it real and practical.

O’Kelly died about 100 days after being diagnosed with brain cancer. It was September 10, 2005. He was 53.

“Before my illness, I had considered commitment king among virtues,” O’Kelly wrote in Chasing Daylight. “After I was diagnosed, I came to consider consciousness king among virtues.”

  1. Presence is doing one thing at a time.
  2. Presence is rediscovering relationships.
  3. Presence requires patience and kindness.
  4. Presence focuses outward during conversations while being connected to your heart at the same time.
  5. Presence enters into experience without controlling.

Tip: relax and NOTICE if you want to be present.

#3. Practice kind candor and courageous transparency.

Bronnie Ware writes the top regret of the dying is, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” (The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.)

Kind candor and courageous transparency answer the top regret of the dying.

Adding value is the guiding principle behind kind candor and courageous transparency. Leaders don’t running around saying whatever pops into their heads.

#4. Express gratitude.

Gratitude infuses life with meaning.

Go through your contact list. Call one person a day. Recall a memory. Let them know you appreciate them. (See, The Gratitude Diaries.)

What would you do if 2018 was your last year on earth and you had to keep your job ?