If You Had One Year Left To Live
The Power of Mortality™ is about getting you to a position where you wouldn’t want to change a single thing about your life if you found out that your death was imminent.
I really wish that John Brandrick had read my book or heard me speak!
A report from Reuters last week described how Mr. Brandrick, a 62 year-old man from the UK, reacted to the diagnosis that he had pancreatic cancer and would probably die within a year. It seems that he decided to quit his job, stop paying his mortgage, sell or give away nearly all of his possessions and spend all of his money meals and vacations.
(I’m sure you can guess where this is going!)
Yes, just as Mr. Brandrick was coming to the end of his money, the doctors revised their diagnosis. He didn’t have pancreatic cancer, but merely an inflammation of the pancreas that was not life-threatening.
So let’s all learn a lesson from Mr. Brandrick’s experience.
Here’s what I want you to do:
- Ask yourself what YOU would do if you were told that you had a year left to live? Write out your answers.
- Look at the list of things that you wrote down. Cross out all of the things that you are already doing.
- Now look carefully at the remaining items – the “new” things you would begin to do, or the changes that you would make in your life. Ask yourself why you aren’t doing them now. Are they not important enough?
- Finally, I want you to realize that very few people ever have the luxury of a one-year warning. Have another look at your list and circle any items that you REALLY want to be able to accomplish before leaving this earth.
What this comes down to is an exercise in priority setting. We all have priorities, but from time to time they need to be reevaluated to see if they are still valid. And the best way I’ve found to cut through the clutter and uncover your true priorities, is to examine your priorities from the persepective of someone who is acutely aware of their mortality.