To Taste Life Twice

You have always doubted your writing. You never felt you were good enough. Perhaps it was your mother? Or a teacher? Or something sinful like the Resistance. Whatever the cause of your doubt, it was washed away after reading a quote from French-American essayist Anaïs Nin:

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.

Those words became your why. American novelist Flannery O'Connor adds:

I write to discover what I know.

Yes, but you also write to discover what you don’t know. You are fascinated by the how. It drives you to ask, “more beautiful questions.” It imbues you to write. To experience. To Share—so you can live life twice.

Red Team Or Blue Team

Problem-solving and critical-thinking are two essential skills to develop. Regrettably, solving a problem or thinking through an issue is not an indication of its correctness. In many instances, your answer won’t be the best solution. Jamie Dimon CEO of JPMorgan Chase writes:

Most decisions are not binary, and there are usually better answers waiting to be found if you do the analysis and involve the right people.

French philosopher Voltaire, adds:

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

Uncovering the best answer is a strenuous exercise. But, you can stack the deck in your favor: ask better questions, listen carefully, read-widely, make connections and red team-blue team solutions.

These strategies won’t make finding the best answer easy, but they will help in better defining the problem.

Moments Away From A Life-Changing Decision

You want to be in the shape of your life: look amazing shirtless, boundless energy, visible six-pack, increased self-confidence, heavy plant-based diet, participate in multiple obstacle races and to be an inspiration to your family.

Regrettably, over the last 20 years you have allowed yourself to devolve: the standard American diet, financial stress, disengaged at work, poor sleep, not drinking enough water, sedentary lifestyle and allowing past failures to dictate your future.

You were watching an interview with James Lawrence (The Iron Cowboy), he noted:

Every moment of every single day has a massive impact on where you ultimately end up.

Lawrence adds:

We are moments away from a decision that can change your life.

Those words stuck in your echo chamber, and the words evolved into inspiration. You began to search for strategies: lifetime goals from Jack Canfield, Neuro-linguistic programming from Tony Robbins, finding your why from Simon Sinek and understanding that your failures do not reflect your future from The Iron Cowboy.

You don’t want to sit in your rocking chair at the end of your life and regret that you did not live your life. You want to live now. Why, because you are one moment away from a decision that can change your life.

When you die, you want to die on empty—inspiring others on their journey.