Dave Rynne in Directors and Executives, beBee in English, Sales Content Writing - Content Marketing - Copywriting • Contentr 5 d ago · 1 min read · +500

What If Tomorrow Never Comes?

What If Tomorrow Never Comes?

I went to a funeral this past weekend - a young man's life cut too short. 33 years and 27 days he spent alive - living, loving and doing.

33 years and 27 days.

Seeing his family was tough, I know his dad and 2 brothers. I didn't know him at all, but now I know all I needed to know about him.

He was a son, a brother, a friend, a baseball player, a golfer and a young man who called his parents each day and told them that he loved them. He was a doer.

33 years and 27 days.

Tomorrow is not promised to us.

Are you doing everything you can to plan personal and professional goals and work to achieve them? If tomorrow never comes for you, will you leave behind a chorus of shoulda woulda coulda's?

Life is short - a funeral is a stark reminder of this.

What will you leave behind?

Will it be a history of waiting for things to happen to and for you? Will your story include actions you took each day to make yourself better and move one more step forward to reaching your goals or will it be filled with "I'll do it tomorrow"?

James Altucher loves to write about improving yourself just 1% a day because by the end of the year you will have improved exponentially, created new habits and most likely changed your life.

1% doesnt seem like much, but like the power of compounding in investment returns, 1% a day compounded over a year results in significant changes in attitude, actions and outlooks on life.

For those of us in sales, the end of the month is a funeral of sorts - the month has ended, it's over, how will it be recorded? How will you and your actions (or inactions) be remembered? The leaderboard never lies.

We are reborn each month to address how we will be remembered - are you doing everything you can to fill your pipeline, network, have positive conversations, set appointments, reach goals and add massive value to your clients and prospects?

We die a thousand deaths a day with rejection, but it will be how we responded, how we lived that matters and how we will be remembered.

Don't sit on the sidelines waiting to die.

33 years and 27 days.

Get up, make the change, improve 1% each day, read books (I'd recommend Ryan Stewman's "Elevator to the Top: Your Go-To Resource for All Things Sales") , read blogs (Mike Weinberg's - The New Sales Coach blog), help someone who can't repay you, make your boss and co-workers look good, push, grind, tell the people you love that you love them and don't ever give up.

When the screen fades to black in the movie of your life, make sure the credits tell the story of all the things you did and not the things you waited to do.

33 years and 27 days.

Make today count.

Brian McKenzie 5 d ago · #10

I keep waking up, and nobody has blown up the planet yet, though it is clearly on that inevitable path. There is always tomorrow.

Dave Rynne 5 d ago · #9

@Harvey Lloyd, @Jared Wiese thanks very much for your comments. Yes, at the end of the day (or life), how have I acted? How have I helped someone? How have I moved the needle towards the Positive side of the big meter in the sky?

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Harvey Lloyd 5 d ago · #8

#7 Absolutely! If you want to excite an introvert ask prodding or probing questions as i call them. Your motives should be clear in this case. The questions i refer to or those that you ask yourself when you are faced with a challenge. The challenge presented here is immortality, the value of your own life and worthiness. These questions have daunted mankind for centuries. If we can reframe the questions as Dave is doing here then we can answer the question for ourselves and live accordingly. I know the real question will always be concerning service to others, regardless of what the question is trying to accomplish within our own psyche.

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Jared Wiese 5 d ago · #7

#6 Are you are suggesting questions are good for prodding, but daily habits priceless?

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Harvey Lloyd 5 d ago · #6

#5 Like the qoute. If we had ten folks in a circle. Each gifted with the question before they spoke, no matter which number i was within the ten i too would receive the richness of someone answering their question. Like the quote you shared. Unfortunately we often experience the circle broken. Number 5 is having a challenging day, within my little world presented, but 9 others can help them by answering their question. What will number 9 do next time they see someone who needs a good question?

A little boorish in context but my hope is that the process of answering the right question as we have discovered here reaches a saturation point with those in your circle. Where life starts to happen within the moment, everyday, all the time.

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Jared Wiese 5 d ago · #5

#4 Ouuu, I like it better! After all, it is not about ourselves, now is it? It's along the lines of what I heard once, "We come to this life with nothing. We leave with nothing."

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

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Harvey Lloyd 5 d ago · #4

#3 What if we changed the question to "How are we taking steps towards changing someone else's living or legacy? How does this change our actions?

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Jared Wiese 5 d ago · #3

#1 I keep hearing how important questions are. "Quality questions = quality life". Of course, like you say, it is more the action than the question. But just having the question should usually spur some action.

Here's one: "HOW are we taking steps toward living and leaving a legacy this DAY/WEEK/MONTH?"

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