Even our best leaders have to motivate themselves each and every day. What Steve Jobs would do religiously every morning is very powerful; he’d stare in the mirror and ask himself this question:
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
What happened when he felt too many days passed with the answer “No”? He would change his life. The changes would continue until he would hear “Yes” consistently. These were innovations and he would implement these changes. The results of these innovations drove him to countless innovations and a company worth $702 billion.
Nothing in life motivated Steve Jobs more than death.
How this can help you:
Every morning and if possible several times during the day recite Steve Jobs self-evaluation and make it yours. It’s a great motivator. It will give you energy. Most importantly, It will challenge you to live today as if it’s your last.
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”
Start today to memorize the question and think how it affects just how good you are being as a parent/spouse/sibling/friend today?
Are you completely present and aware during all face-to-face interactions and/or phone calls today?
Do you love what you are doing? Do you love your life as it is? If not, are you making steps toward fulfilling your dreams today?
Are you having as much fun as you could possibly have today?
What results will you discover?
- This mindset will engrain a laser-focus mentally, akin to the late Steve Jobs.
- It subconsciously eliminates insignificant problems
- Prioritizes important goals.
Adopt this early-morning habit and your day automatically begins with purpose and drive.
“Treat today like it’s your last, and you will never feel more alive.”
The history or the quote “The man in the mirror”
Our father, Peter “Dale” Wimbrow Sr. wrote the poem “The Guy in the Glass in 1934. It was published in the American magazine at that time and the copyright was assigned to our father. The poem has become also known, incorrectly, as “The Man in the Glass” or sometimes, “The Man in the Mirror”, but the thought is the same, the message clear…’you can fool the whole world down the pathway of years, but you can’t fool the guy staring back from the glass’
Peter Dale Wimbrow, Jr.
The Guy in the Glass
When you get all you want and you struggle for pelf,
and the world makes you king for a day,
then go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t your mother, your father or wife
whose judgment upon you must pass,
but the man, whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please,
never mind all the rest.
For he’s with you right to the end,
and you’ve passed your most difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,
And think you’re a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
You can fool the whole world,
down the highway of years,
and take pats on the back as you pass.