PRESENT Principle 06: Die Empty

“Embrace the importance of now, and refuse to allow the lull of comfort, fear, familiarity, and ego to prevent you from taking action on your ambitions. The cost of inaction is vast. Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside of you. Choose to die empty.” — Todd Henry

The thought of looking back at my life and regret not having had the courage to do something I dreamed about doing is one of my biggest motivators.

Dying empty for me means having given absolutely all you’ve got. It means not holding anything back that’s close to your heart. Not holding back your ideas and thoughts. Not holding back your work. Not holding back your love. Not holding back what makes you unique, authentic. What makes you your true self.

Dying empty means acting in spite of fears and worries. Realizing that we should be more fearless and that we should prefer (might) making mistakes than not making at all.

We have to start now. In this present moment. Because sooner or later our tomorrow’s run out.

I had to experience that life can be suddenly over, earlier than expected. Maybe that’s why I feel this urge and this urgency in me. And why I hate to see people waiting on taking action on something important, only because it's uncomfortable or might look stupid.

PRESENT is about starting. And PRESENT is about ending procrastination.

Because we all have this thing in us that wants to come out. We are all in the same boat. And we need to give what we’ve got, and share what you have inside ourselves.

Let’s be present and generous instead of fearful and entrenched. Let’s choose to die empty. Let’s get on it.