December 22, 2003.
The right man is the one that seizes the moment.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Our lives are made up of years, weeks and days; yet each and every one of these measures of time is comprised of mere moments life changing, life shaping, life defining moments. Frozen in time moments that offer us insight, inspiration and ideas that can make our lives everything we have ever hoped they could be and more.
Whether we embrace these fleeting moments or instead allow them to pass us by in large measure fashions the lives we get to live; literally making or breaking us in the process. Far too often we allow a lifetime of moments to slip away, never once realizing what could have been or what we could have accomplished.
In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
When decisions need to be made, we need to slow down just a tad and discover the magnificence each moment presents as it unfolds before us. Instead of roaring ahead, blindly making decisions left and right, we need to learn to bask in its beauty of inspiration unveiled in that instant. Its there, but sometimes we need to STOP, LOOK and really LISTEN in order to hear what the moment is telling us to do.
Each defining moment brings with it the promise of something super sensational, a chance to make our lives much more satisfying and rewarding than they are at present. But these frozen in time opportunities are here and then gone in a flash.
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
To cash in and seize these magical moments, you must not only be on the lookout for opportunity when it occurs, but you must also be ready to grab it in the blink of the eye. You need to reach out and snatch it quickly, decisively; without hesitation or doubt. Otherwise, you may miss the opportunity of a lifetime. And once you have it, do something with it!
When a defining moment crosses your path, you can do one of two things. You can take charge and boldly define the moment, seizing the moment and the opportunity without delay; or on the other hand, you can stand by and do nothing, allowing the moment to define you.
But in order to seize the defining moments of life, you must see them first, right? Sure, but thats no big deal as long as you are ready to make your life the power packed adventure ride it deserves to be. You are ready, arent you?
Knowing when the moment is NOW has everything to do with being ready and that requires that you get in the game and commit yourself to excellence from this point; from this very MOMENT forward.
There are times when we are called upon to make a choice to stand for something. This is a defining moment. Defining moments are crucial moments the insight gained has the power to put the rest of our lives in focus.
Some people run for cover every time a decision must be made. Instead of defining the moment, they hide and wait for the moment to pass. Yet it is these same individuals who constantly wonder why their lives have so little meaning and why they always end up on the short end of the stick. They never seem to get that where they are in life was decided in those moments of truth; those irreplaceable moments they allowed to slip right through their hands.
How about you? When lifes make or break moments appear, do you powerfully push ahead or meekly disappear? Regardless of what you have done in the past, whats done is done. Wishing you had done this or done that in the past isnt going to help you right now, so why not look to the future and begin looking for the magic in each and every moment right now?
Rather than lamenting about what you could have or should have done, isnt it high time that you focus your energies on making the most of the moments you have right now? You bet! Every day brings with it a wide array of opportunity and more than your fair share of defining moments, where what you stand for and wont stand for as well is put on display for the world to see.
If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass; you live more richly those moments.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Regardless of the mistakes you may have made in the past or the poor decisions you may have chosen for yourself along the way, today can be your breakout day. Thats right, today can be the day that you turn the corner and start living life the way you have always dreamed it could be.
Right now, right at this very moment in your life, why not commit to living in the moment from now on? Why allow even one more precious moment to slide away into the rear view mirror of life? It is time for you stop to worrying about the past and start looking to the power of the moment and the power within yourself. Since you have the opportunity to define yourself any way you please, why not fulfill your date with destiny by seeing and then seizing lifes defining moments? Don't define your life with a string of could haves or should haves, but make each moment count for something truly special by defining your life with an exclamation point! Make it happen and make it happen right now.
The Bottom Line: When you excel at seizing lifes defining moments, fearlessly seizing the magic contained in each and every instant, youll find that opportunity will literally beat a path to your door.
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