How to Stop Just Existing and Start Thriving

Have you clocked off? Have you retired from life? Have you stopped having a go?

Have you chosen to accept what life has given you, or are you choosing to create your life? There is a powerful difference.

When you choose to create your life: you learn and grow, live with fulfilment and your life becomes a joyful journey. When you choose to accept your life, you become focused on enduring your life, watching the clock and making it through every dreary day.


“Life is not meant to be an endurance event, its meant to be an exciting journey of enhancement.”

Many people have stopped growing. When you stop growing, you stop living. Many have stopped living and now just bide their time before it becomes official.

Sometimes, our lives, are turned around in upheaval, through catastrophic events both natural, and caused by others. Outside of our control, outside of our actions. Negative impacts caused by other thing. When faced with this, we still have choices to make.

Is it really that simple? The choices we make?

How many times have we heard someone comment ” That person has a great attitude” when interviewed after a natural disaster as they piece together the remnants of once was their life? They are choosing not to focus on the negative and are choosing to be constructive in their thoughts. They are not dwelling on what they lost, but on how to regather, how to reconstruct, how to survive and how to thrive. To do otherwise is counterproductive.

They make the best choices they can. So yes, I do believe it can be simple. Sometimes, we have no choice in what happens to us…we choose how we react and respond.

Where are you? Are you making the choices to make your life fulfilling? Are you making the choices that enable intentional learning? Do you challenge yourself every day? Do you know how?

One last point! Do you bet on yourself? If not, why not. If you can’t get on yourself, don’t blame others when they don’t. Care and support others, but care and support for yourself.

Don’t clock off from life, you are still standing and that is testament there is more to live. Embrace life.



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Tony Curl
Tony Curl
Tony has been a successful corporate leader for 30 years. He now works alongside leaders around the world, and at home in Australia, to maintain clarity on their vision and purpose, and helps map their way around their roadblocks and obstacles. Tony helps people take the steps in their lives to become an influential leader. The leaders Tony helps aspire to greatness, so if you are aspiring to greatness take steps today. Unless you take action on your goals, they remain a dream. Tony is a published writer and his work is featured at his own Coach "Curl" blog as well as other sites around the globe. Tony is the owner and founder of Think and Grow Business and coaches and trains effective leadership skills and capabilities and develops better leaders, who then build better and stronger business. His passion lies in helping people discover their greatness by raising their leadership ability. Yes, everyone can be a leader and everyone should see themselves as a leader. Be the inspiration for someone today and let your journey inspire you. He has a growing following on his Social Media channels and has been published on a variety of sites around the globe. His words get quoted and shared daily by that growing tribe. He shares under the hashtags #dailyfuel #breaktheshackles. He recently released his first book "Seriously Simple Stuff to Get You Unstuck". Available at


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