Now is the Time to Do What You Will Do

About a year and a half ago, my assistant pastor presented a homily called, “Your Life is Now.”  Everyday I remind myself of this statement (I even wrote a blog post about it–you can check it out here). While I’ve always found the homily and the message behind it to be very inspirational and affirming, it has taken on an even greater signifigance in my life over the last few months.

As some of you may or may not know, I’ve had a lot of health issues ranging from bad arthritis in my hands, vision changes, tachycardia, and hypertension.  I’ve had tests, tests, and more tests to see what might be causing these issues.  It’s likely that I have an autoimmune disorder, but the doctors aren’t sure which one.  I’ve been told it could be Lupus, it could be Rheumatoid arthritis, it could be some other autoimmune disorder, or it could be that I’ve just had a weird string of things going on for which they don’t have an explanation, yet.

As a super duper control freak, the idea of having a debilitating, and possiblly deadly disease for which there is no cure, is what you might call a nightmare.

I must admit that for the first time ever, I actually thought about putting my dreams and goals aside.  After all, I have 3 little girls that I love hanging out with.  Who couldn’t use more quality family time, right?

But here’s what I know:  Now is the time to do what I am going to do.

There may be times when I can no longer type words on a key board, or climb hills, or frost cupcakes for the girls, or travel to conferences.  But as long as I can do those things I’m going to do them.

Remember, “Your Life is Now!”

The lessons we learn in life are true in business, as well.  Over the last few months, I’ve been reminded a lot about what it takes to truly have success in business and life.

Here are some of the keys I’ve discovered to create a thriving business and live a truly fulfilling life:

  1. Now is the time to do what you will do.  Don’t put off what you can do today.  You never know what tomorrow might bring, so don’t waist time.  Time isn’t money, it’s your life, so spend it wisely.  If you have big goals, make sure you are doing something each day that brings you closer to them.
  2. Surround yourself with support.  I’m not just talking about team members to whom you can delegate tasks.  I’m talking about surrounding yourself with people who you can really lean on when you need a little extra oomph and support–people who can take a little weight off of your shoulders when you are feeling heavy.  This could be team members, family members, friends, and/or colleagues.
  3. Resilience is the key to success in everything.  Some of the most successful people I know have had really terrible things happen to them, but they always seem to get right back up.  When you’ve overcome a huge obstacle in your life, the little things that usually trip up “regular” folks really don’t get in your way at all.  Sure, you might notice the obstacles, but you don’t let them stop you.
  4. Cultivate a strong sense of purpose.  If you don’t have a mighty big reason to keep going, it is very easy to give up and throw in the towel when the going gets tough.  Your passion and your purpose will fuel you when nothing else can.
  5. Always come from a place of service. It is nearly impossible to throw yourself a pity party and give up when you focus on helping others.  The quickest and most effective way to empower yourself is to empower others.

Speaking of a sense of purpose and coming from a place of service…I created BrightFire specifically for women entrepreneurs who desire to help others, either directly through their business, through volunteer work, or through philanthropy.  My own personal and business goal is to give back to organizations that support causes that are near and dear to my heart.

It just so happens that May is National Awareness month for many of the causes that have touched my life, members of my family, and millions of others across the world. Here is a list of a few obsersvances I am supporting this May: Arthritis Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month, National Allergy/Asthma Awareness Month, Food Allergy Awareness Week and Celiac Awareness Month. Please help spread the word if you are so inclined.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on creating business success and living a full life of purpose and meaning.  Please share your comments below.

 

About Tiffany deSilva

Tiffany deSilva is the founder, CEO, and visionary leader of BrightFire Women’s Business Network, LLC.

BrightFire Women’s Business Network is the premiere sales training and coaching resource for service-based women entrepreneurs who want to increase their sales, serve more people, and change more lives.

Feedback & Comments:

  1. I’m sorry to hear that the last months have been trying for you, and I agree completely about “the time is now.” Actually, if I had not had my work in the past months I might have gone a little nutso, LOL. Autoimmune diseases puzzle most docs. Find the very best one you possibly can – and don’t overlook alternative practitioners, too!

  2. Hi Tiffany
    I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with these unknown and scary health challenges and I commend you for your bravery and doing stuff because “your life is now”. I’m so pleased you have a good support system.

    However, as a health practitioner I’d like to say please don’t push yourself too much – you really do need this time for you and your healing (and your 3 little girls).

    Also do let me know if you need a second set of eyes to review your test results. I have much experience with autoimmunity and many great holistic practitioners I could make a referral to if needed.

    Sending healing thoughts
    Trudy

  3. It is your life so spend it wisely!

    Absolutely!! That’s the KEY… don’t live your life preparing for your life. Your life IS now.

    I suggest doing a values assessment and making sure you are LIVING your values EVERY DAY.

    Awesome reminders and tips.

    Love,

    Katherine.

    Katherine C. H. E.
    Author, Be True Rich

  4. So sorry to hear about your health issues. Having been through something similar I can relate.

    GREAT advice and definitely something that needs to be posted on my daily review board to make sure I am focused on the now, both in life and business.

    Thinking healing thoughts for you.

  5. I was going to suggest talking to Trudy Scott, but I see you already have that conversation going. Not knowing what is going on in your body or having control over it, is beyond frustrating, yet, you are so uplifting in this post and you are shining through despite your challenges. Inspire when you can’t and be gentle with yourself when you can’t. xo

  6. Tiffany, first of all it is great to see you back and I do hope you are feeling better. I love your attitude! I particularly love the point you make in #1 “Time isn’t money, it’s your life, so spend it wisely.” That is a very true tip. Tiffany you are truly living the life gives you lemons so make lemonade story. Best of luck to you.

  7. Wishing you well! You certainly have the mindset to do what you want to do and NOW!

    This will serve you well. Let us know how you are progressing. We care about you.

  8. Hi Tiffany – look at the amazing resilience and service to others you demonstrate here – love it and sending lots of positivity and health vibes your way. You know I truly believe what you are saying and I often say to people my goal is to LIVE my Legacy not LEAVE it when I am gone – the gift we have today is truly the PRESENT.

  9. Hi Tiffany – sorry to hear about your health and hope you are feeling better as you continue to take care of yourself. Your words are so important for everyone to heed. To look to your NOW, to live in your NOW and also enjoy your NOW.

    Great tips – I especially love #5 – coming from a place a service. This attitude will always give great results, both in your personal life and in business.

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