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Are you tiptoeing through life?

Posted Aug 27 2009 5:45pm

Tiptoes As part of my own personal and professional development, I'm currently in a year-long programme with coach David Neagle.  The weekly group calls are held on Wednesday evenings, US time and, because I'm in the UK and an early-riser, I can never stay up late enough to listen to them, so I tend to listen to the call recordings on Thursday mornings instead.  About three-quarters of the way through this week's call, I heard David say something that stopped me in my tracks.  He said:

'We tiptoe through life, hoping to make it safely through to death.'

I immediately pressed the 'pause' button to think about that and further research revealed that this is, originally, an Earl Nightingale quote:

"Most people tiptoe through life hoping to make it safely to death."

Wow!  That's really got me thinking... (Especially in a week that includes two family funerals and the realization that I only have one aunt and one uncle left now!)  Am I doing that?

Are you doing it?

How are you doing it? 

How risk-averse are you?

How has this held you back in the past?

What would you have liked to have done that you ultimately considered to be 'too risky'?

Is this something that you could 'revisit' now?

What really matters to you that you're currently not doing anything about?

Where could you make a start?  What's the first step?  And the next?

(Personally, instead of tiptoeing, I think I'd prefer to dance!  How about you?)

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