"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - Anonymous

Quite a statement, isn’t it? However, I have to say that I don’t totally agree with it. I don’t think we have to completely get rid of the life we have planned. I believe more that we should learn to actually live the life we have while we work towards the life we want. In other words, we must learn how to not let what we want entirely control the life that we are currently living. Rather, I believe we must embrace the present moment and love it for what it is.

I guess my point is that if we spend our life only focusing on what we want, we can miss all the wonderful things we presently have. I spent many years living that way and as I look back now, it makes me sad that I missed out on some wonderful opportunities to enjoy the moments that were before me. A wise man once told me that if I was waiting for the perfect time to act on something, I’d be waiting a long time because there’s no such thing.

How are you living your life right now? Are you always waiting for just the right time to do something in your life? Are you holding out for things to be perfect? Is everything you do centered on your career? Do you miss out on other joys in your life because you are allowing your job to control you?

Now I know that it is important to strive for success. And I know that often it requires many long hours and hard work. But don’t wait until things are just the way you want them before you take the time to enjoy other aspects of your life. I want to encourage you to think about how you can live and enjoy the life you currently have while you work towards the life that you desire. It’s time to balance your life.

The first step is simple really; you must decide you want to change. And you must commit to making an effort to change. Sometimes, it’s easier to be stuck in our miserable ruts then to try to get out of them.

Then you need to ask yourself some questions:

• What do you value most in your life? Make a list and put the things you value in order, starting with the things that are most important to you.

• Are you spending as much time on what’s at the top of your list as you are other areas of life? If not, then why? What is keeping you from that? It’s time to make changes in your life in order to focus on the things that are at the top of your list.

• How can you make time to enjoy the life you have while you work towards the life you want? What can you change? It’s very important at this point that you get the support you need, either from friends, family or a life coach. Making change happen isn’t easy but it is possible and you must find ways to make that change happen.

And finally, you have to go for it. As I said before, sometimes it is easier to stay stuck in the rut that we are currently in as apposed to accepting the pains of change, but it’s important to fight through it. It may not work right away, and you may have to revamp your adjustments, but it’s time to find a place to start. I believe that small changes can make huge impacts. Simply getting up as little as five minutes earlier can change the whole course of your day. Give it a try; what do you have to lose?

I challenge you today to truly live the life you have while you work towards the life that you want!

Author's Bio: 

Michelle is a certified life coach through Coach Training Alliance, which is an accredited program by the International Coach Federation. As a skilled listener, she possesses the intuition, critical thinking and analytical skills to communicate and inspire people to move forward in their lives. She specializes in helping individuals redefine themselves and restore value to their lives. For years, she has assisted people in finding direction and purpose in the lives they had while they worked toward achieving the lives they wanted. To experience the benefits of having a coach to assist with the challenges of creating a balanced and prosperous life, please contact Michelle to request a free sample session or subscribe to her ezine.