I have had a number of life (actually death) events in the last 12 months. Whilst the events themselves have been incredibly sad and challenging they have caused me to reflect on this question. What if this was my last moment on earth?
For those of you who have read my pieces before, you will know that I am completely focussed on and anchored to my purpose. This life journey I have been on has had many events that have shaped me, formed me, made me change direction and much much more. However as part of enabling my purposeful life, I try to keep myself on track with a continuing curiosity and desire to learn more, be perfect less and to learn more about myself, so I can help others, specifically women.
I don’t have an action plan, but I do have set of questions that I hold myself accountable to:
- Am I living the life I want to live and being true to myself?
- Am I listening to my inner mentor?
- What is my purpose right now?
- What is my bliss? And am I following it?
I have always been a very curious person (a sticky beak!) and my inner mentor gently encourages me to question the status quo and make sure I am getting the most out of life. I have few fears, with one major exception. The fear I have had almost my whole adult life is the fear of getting to a ripe old age and wondering “What If”. I don’t want to look back with regret about the things I haven’t done. This fear, or drive, has served me well in my career as it has enabled me to take risks and try new things. It has certainly served me well throughout my studies and volunteer work to address my need to give back and fulfill a higher purpose. It is the drive that makes me (sort of) satisfied that if today was my last day, I can say hand on heart that I have lived my life and loved, fully and joyfully. So whilst the sad events of the last year have made me reflect, I’m confident that I understand my unique skills and strengths and that I continue to take charge or be my own CEO (thanks Peter Drucker!) I work on the things most important to me and the world, I change course when needed and I will be enthusiastically optimistic, engaged and productive for the next chapter of my life. What I love about having a clear, simple purpose is that my activities are anchored in my purpose to empower and enable women, now and into the future.
So what if this was the last moment of earth for me? Well, my work would be unfinished but I’ve made a bloody good start!
Here’s some great reading/watching:
Read: Listening to your inner mentor – Playing Big: Tara Mohr
Watch: Following Your Bliss – The Hero’s Journey: Joseph Campbell
Read: How to deeply understand yourself – Managing Oneself: Peter Drucker
Michelle is an astute businesswoman & keen entrepreneur who has founded a business to coach & mentor women of all ages and stages. Michelle wants to shatter the glass ceiling & help women be successful, in whatever way they define success. Founded by a woman, run by women, for women and the organizations that employ women. Michelle coaches, mentors, consults, runs events & speaks about her vision to create a gender equal world.