I’m actually on vacation this week. My good friend is visiting from Auckland and I’ve decided to take some time out of my biz so I can be really present and enjoy my time with her.
However, not before I share the big insight I had in the car on Monday morning, while driving to Montreal to pick her up from the airport.
You see, I was thinking about my life, my business and the gap between where I am right now, financially, and where I want to be.
I have big financial goals because financial freedom represents lifestyle freedom for me. Having money in the bank means I can invest in a bigger support team for my biz, I can travel, I can hire a house keeper and it means I can drink Champagne whenever I like! Or, at least, that’s what I’ve envisioned.
Yet, on Monday morning as I was reflecting on my current lifestyle, I suddenly had a big ‘a-ha’. You see, the ‘lifestyle’ I’ve been so focused on creating is actually already my reality. Hello!
I am just so goddamn lucky. I have an extraordinary, supportive husband. I have a beautiful, healthy daughter. I get to make a profound contribution to my clients’ lives. I don’t have to drag my sorry ass out of bed to a job I hate. I have travelled to NZ and Toronto this year. I have free access to a stunning lakefront cottage only 45 minutes from my house. I live in one of the best locations in Ottawa. I drink Champagne-quality French sparkling wine, whenever I want. I have amazing family and friends in the world’s two most beautiful countries.
And the best part? I created all of this without wads of cash locked in a safe somewhere! I already have the lifestyle of my dreams, even if I do still have to clean my own toilet once a week!
We get so focused on our goals and our ideal future that we forget to be truly present and grateful for our lives, right now. This is not a new concept. In fact, this idea has been the focus of pretty much every thought leader on the planet.
However, that doesn’t change one simple fact:
To know and not to do, is not to know.
We can tell ourselves to be more present and grateful. We can acknowledge the importance of the now. Yet, that means nothing if we’re not willing to actually take responsibility for how we are showing up and what we’re willing to acknowledge ourselves for, right now.
Anyway, I really just wanted to share my ‘a-ha’ moment with you, as we tend to get so distracted by what we want ‘out there’ that we lose sight of what we have, right here and now. There are benefits and drawbacks in every moment. What we focus on will always remain our choice.
If you know someone who needs this reminder, please feel free to share this article with them. It’s a philosophy that we live by at the GCC. ~ The Team at the GCC