By Gay Hendricks
I want you to indulge me for a minute: Ask yourself some tough questions that I asked myself a while back.
Imagine that you’re on your deathbed. This is it. The end of your life. You’re not going to see tomorrow. Or all the people you care about. All you have right now is to look back on how you’ve lived so far.
How do you feel about the life you’ve lived?
Do you have regrets?
Did you get around to doing everything you wanted to do, or do you have the desperate desire to turn back time and do things differently?
Do you have a sense of missing out on the kinds of experiences you would have cherished? And do you feel that you truly connected with the people closest to you?
If you’re having any of these gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking feelings, this is a good sign. Very good.
This email has appeared in your inbox for a very important reason:
Because while you don’t have any control over when your last day on Earth may come, you can choose how you will spend all the days that lead up to it.
And when you get to the end of this message, you’ll have learned how to get to the end of your life feeling completely at peace – knowing you’ve lived a life you’re 100% happy about.
A little over 20 years ago, I had an insight that completely changed the way I viewed the rest of my life.
It wasn’t an email like this. Rather, I had the good sense to pause and take an inventory of myself. After all, I was a practicing therapist, and I was training other therapists. Yet I was painfully aware of the fact that all of my life wasn’t as I’d wanted it to be:
My body felt stiff and old.
My mind was often foggy.
I’d get up each morning groaning and moaning about the day ahead.
It felt like I could never catch-up with my to-do list.
I had this general underlying stress that was pervading everything I did (or tried to do.)
I was also longing for deeper connections with the people in my life.
At night, I’d lie awake and tired, going over things in my head.
In short, I wasn’t as happy as I had been. My energy was low. My work and relationships were suffering. It wasn’t as though anything major was happening – I didn’t have a serious disease, there was no infidelity in my marriage and I had a job.
But I just had this nagging feeling that things could be better.
Can you relate to what I was feeling? I was 50 years old when I took stock of my life, and luckily I realized that I did not want to die feeling this way.
No, I wanted to feel deeply excited and alive every day, so that when I got to the end of this lifetime, I could feel completely satisfied with the way I lived it.
That’s when I set out to discover how I could kick my life into high gear. I wanted to feel good in my body, feel clear in my head and feel connected in my relationships.
I have a fairly good hunch you’d like to feel this way, too. No matter how unique each of us is, we all want to feel good!
That’s why I’m so happy you’re reading this today. Because as I discovered 20 years ago, feeling vibrantly alive in every area of your life is not only possible, it can be incredibly easy.
Your life is built upon the choices you make in every moment.
While you can’t go back and relive your life, you can vow that in this very moment, you will create a brand new life going forward – one that you can feel refreshingly excited about.
You’ll learn the secrets to feeling young in your body, sharp in your mind and deeply connected in your relationships.
The centerpiece of Achieving Vibrance is my 7-minute vibrance routine – a series of fun simple moves and exercises that target your body, mind and relationships. It’s like an all-in-one power surge you can do in the morning or at night. And it doesn’t require any fancy equipment, supplements or tedious lifestyle changes.
I’ve been following the advice in Achieving Vibrance for two decades, and I consider it essential to my wellbeing. Since I began the program, I feel better than I even did in my 20s!