Do You Appreciate What You Have In Life?

Too often in life we have dreams that we are continuously chasing yet they still seem so far away, creating unhappiness. Why is this?

We all get so caught up in our day to day lives that we tend to not appreciate the small things all around us that actually make us happy. If we stop and take a look around, we will start to realise that we actually have so much in our lives to be grateful for, yet we take it all for granted. Once we start appreciating the simple things we have in life, we will begin to create further happiness.

This is something I have experienced in my life; last year I went through one of the hardest and most testing times of my life. Yes, at the tender age of 23 one might say, “But you’re young, what could one so young have experienced that was so ‘hard’?” When you evolve your life around the things you are most passionate about for a number of years, focusing on what it is you feel so strongly about, it will become a habit. For me this was both soccer and the gym, both of which I truly love, as those of you who know me personally will know all too well. For the past few years I have dealt with health issues and have never let them stop me. If it occurs, you work around it until you are 100% and you fight on, but 2013 was the year that changed the game we call life for me. After years of training in the gym and training to be the best I could be day in day out, I soon found my health problems reoccurred, to the point where my fitness declined rapidly week by week until I couldn’t even get through a simple 60-minute workout in the gym or half a game of soccer in 1st division Sunday soccer. I decided to make changes and do my best to work around what was going wrong, but sadly to no avail; my appointment at the specialist again came back with, “We don’t know what is going on so we can’t help you.”  They said, “You’re doing too much,” and I was then told to not worry too much about it. But that is difficult when you mentally know there is so much more you can do and physically feel there is too, yet your health declines in a way that won’t let you reach your true potential. This is one of the most frustrating things I have ever come to deal with thus far in life.

After months of working to understand why this was happening to me and trying to go forward, I soon came to realise it was time for massive changes in my life. I simply couldn’t continue to push these boundaries when my body was telling me to stop, so I decided it was time to focus on my health. After all, if I kept doing the same things, I would only get the same result and that result was not one I wanted in my life. After removing myself from playing soccer I found I had this massive gap in life, and day by day I found myself again getting frustrated. I had more time and freedom, but what to use it on was beyond me and something I struggled with in finding a new direction. I soon went back to thinking about when I had left school at 17 and started working fulltime; I had 3 goals to live my life by and they were: Never struggle with money, help others, and be the best you can be. As a lot of you know, helping and donating to charities is a big thing I base my life around, as I always feel we are in a take, take, take generation because there is so much getting put in front of us and often we don’t take the time to say thank you or give back. I soon found myself going in a new direction, thanks to certain people in my life, and that was the studying of life coaching. To me, this met my goals in every way and soon I decided if I was going to help others in life, I really needed to be working on my own life as well and developing myself as a person. One who is not only a true friend but also a true leader, and one who follows his heart and brings out the best in others because we are all uniquely different in so many ways, and at the same time we have so much to offer as an individual. Each and every one of us has an abundance of untapped potential.

So fast forward to 2014. I have since decided to remove myself from the gym lifestyle and live a very simple yet healthy lifestyle, one I am very much enjoying and my health is benefiting from in so many ways. 2014 has seen me enter my 3rd career to date and one I am truly passionate about, and that is business and life coaching. I believe that if I can make a difference in somebody’s life or business, in a way they could never have imagined, and if I can help them do, be and have more, then I am being the best I can be. I want to help others be the best they can be, too.

So life often throws us little hurdles when things are going well and we all experience these hurdles throughout life, but the trick is to not let them bring you down. Simply work around it and stay focused; often times can be tough and life can lead you down a new path for various reasons out of your control, but all I can say is, embrace the change and appreciate the new direction because it will be for the better in your life.



There are so many things we all want in life and we strive to get them,. We do what it takes because that’s what makes us who we are, yet we neglect what we already have in our lives, and this is something I have come to realise in my journey. I now appreciate what I have in my life more than ever and my journey is one I am truly grateful for because what you have today can simply change in an instant.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t improve in life or go after those big things in life that we desire, as we all need to go after what it is we want, but what I am saying is just think about what you already have and never neglect that because tomorrow it could be gone. Whatever it is that’s important to you right now in life that you feel you are neglecting a little too much, I urge you to make a change in your life. Be it family, friends, your relationship or your health, don’t use time as an excuse because we all have 24 hours in a day regardless of what you do or who you are.

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

6 easy steps to appreciate what you have in life.

1. Gratitude – So many good things happen to us each and every day that it becomes so normal and we forget how wonderful life really is. Sadly, we tend to focus on what went wrong over what went well. So, every night when you go to bed, think back upon your day and think of 3 good things that happened to you during the day.

This will help programme your mind to not only receive but to give sincere gratitude on a daily basis, creating positive energy and a better life.

2. Remove the unnecessary – If you are stuck for time, remove or limit the use of social media like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. These can often consume hours of your time every day and lead you to being unproductive. The more time you have to focus on your life, the better. You will be creating a win-win situation.

3. Pay someone a compliment- Appreciate the good others do around you, even if it’s not directed at you. Not only will you feel good for doing it, but so will the complimented person. Never shy away from saying a simple thank you.

4. Be interested in the other person- This is one of the biggest things I see being neglected daily. People just want to tell their story as if they are on social media, but pay attention to those who are talking to you and respect what they have to say. Engage in a conversation, and you will start to build better relationships for it.

5. Master the art of giving- When you master the art of giving, you will start to appreciate what you have in life, creating happiness.

6. Be you – Never forget to be yourself and enjoy life.

“Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world.”

I hope this is something of value to you and, by all means, feel free to share it if you do find value in it.

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I appreciate you reading this
Zane Tully


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