Leaders: Are You Embracing Life?

There is a fine line between patience and procrastination…

Which is it for you?

  • Do you feel life is passing you by or are you ready to embrace life and look at life through a new set of eyes?
  • Are you waiting for someone to see your brilliance within the workplace and give you a promotion?
  • Or for the phone to ring with a job offer?
  • Are you waiting for that lost love to “see the light?”
  • Or another to rescue you?
  • Are you waiting for somebody to take responsibility for the pain they are causing you?
  • How long are you prepared to wait for them to change?
  • Perhaps you are waiting for just the right time to start that diet or take up an exercise regime?
  • Is it when the Moon is in the 7th house and Jupiter aligned with Mars?
  • Are you wishing away pain and grief?

Sadly, I have some unwelcome news for you if you are sitting, waiting, wishing… There is no magic wand.

Hope and Action

But there is “Magic” in hope and action. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve wasted time willing someone to “rescue” me from the disappointment that life throws at me. I psyched myself out so much that I’ve practically thrown my brain into some 4th dimension; a kind of living hell of unmet expectations and dashed hopes. Wasting years of my life in misery and longing, I waited for my world to change. I allowed my patience to turn to rage and saw my anger morph into pity and despair.

That was until I decided to do something about it.

Embrace Life

I decided to change. I made a decision to “stop the insanity” and begin to count my blessings. I decided to do, think, and act differently so that I could expect different outcomes.

I stopped expecting the world to act for me and I started digging my “escape tunnels” instead. I turned down the despair and turned up the creativity. When I quit waiting for life to deliver, these wonderful things eventually came to me – out of a place of gleaming hope and zero fear I found the courage to study, to take the leap and transfer career – to shout about who I am and what I have achieved. I couldn’t have done a lot of this without my family and friends.

My blood runs cold to think what life would have been like if I hadn’t had bothered to embrace life with hope and determined action. Where would I be if I had left my circumstances to chance? What have I had simply given up?

Call me lucky? Well, perhaps yes!

And the definition of luck? It’s when preparedness meets opportunity.

A Gentle Warning

It is vital to live in the now as you follow your dream. You can’t put life on hold until you drop the dress size, meet your dream date, or take over a large organisation. You have to get it into gear and move toward success by preparing yourself for good things to happen to you. The journey is as important as the desired destination and urgent patience must mean that you enjoy your life in its fullest whilst holding your dream deep in your heart. Press on and embrace life!

How are you doing in understanding whether you are being patient, or simply procrastinating with your life goals, aspirations, and endeavors? What challenges are you facing that are keeping you from releasing your energy, creativity, and passions in your work and home life? Who are you going to for help in the areas in which you are struggling? I would love to hear your thoughts! Please share.

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Louise Wightman, CBT Life Coach at
Consultancy Options LTD
She can be reached at louise@consultancypersonnel.co.uk

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7 Responses

  1. This is a great post and timely. I have chosen to do something about it and am leaning on a couple key people in my life for support and wisdom.

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for the feedback. I think we all need good people in our lives so that we can lean on them for support. Kind regards, Louise

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  3. Thanks for this great message, Louise, it resonates strongly with me. Too many people do as you state so well, and wait for the world to act for them. This reminds me of my favorite quote by Goethe, which in part states: “… the moment one commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred…”

    • Thanks Sue, agree with you. The vibrations that we send out good and not so good should return to us – all about feeling positive. I really struggle to understand people that are malicious and spread gossip or negative information. Take care, L x

  4. Excellent points. Far easier to say than do. How does one build a support group of ‘good people’ from scratch? How does one overcome loss of love when it was a divine priority and the happiness of one’s life? How does one be satisfied returning to ‘all about me’ when it was ‘all about others’?

    • Hello Bryan, Thanks for taking the time to comment. In answer to your points I realise it is not easy to build a good network but it is about the associations that you have, decide who you want in your life and look at who you don’t. Look at how you spend your spare time and look at who you come into contact with. To lose love is a terribly hard thing to get over, especially when it has been a top priority of yours, There is no quick fix, it takes time and you just have to keep busy and fill your life with as much positive energy and people as possible. To focus on yourself and your needs has to become a habit but one which will form over time.

      I am a Qualified Life Coach so if I can be of any further assistance please let me know.

      Kind regards, Louise

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