Wait… what are you doing?

Wait… what are you doing?

Sometimes my days feel like a week. I do my morning pushups and workout in my front lawn of Houston, TX, hop on a plane for 14 hours then watch the sunset in Moscow that same night (well, technically it is the next day here).

I am in Russia to celebrate my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary and to deliver a two-hour workshop to college students and aspiring speakers in Moscow.

I have three weeks before we leave for Raleigh, NC; our first stop for our North American Tour. We have press releases to send out, media interviews to do, marketing materials to create and more emails and phone calls than a customer service call center.

As Chelsea and I are walking to get something to eat, I am talking to her about how excited I am to speak in Saudi Arabia, visit Bali and Scuba dive in Hawaii. She stops me and says “You need to stop, and enjoy this moment right now, stop thinking about what you are going to do, and think about what you are doing!”

I really needed that wake up call. I find myself constantly living in the future, dreaming of my next step or what the next big trip will be. I am constantly running through my head what we need to get done not even thinking twice of what we have already done or are currently doing.

Life is more enjoyable when you stop every now and then and wake up to realize where you are. Whether you are in Moscow, Madrid or Maine. If you are 12, 32 or 82, this is an amazing time of our life, because this is all part of our journey. This is all part of our individual stories.

As a speaker, I need to do a better job of being able to be in the moment because it will help me tell quality stories filled with details and a message. As an entrepreneur, I need to do a better job with realizing what I need to do but acknowledge what we do. As a husband, I need to do a better job of being in the moment so I can enjoy these meaningful moments with my partner because one day I won’t have one day.

If you are someone like me who often thinks about what they need to do next week, or what they need to accomplish later today, take some time to enjoy today. Today is wonderful. Live in the now. Now is all we have. As always…

Dream BIG,

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At age 25, Ryan Avery became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history; competing against more than 30,000 people from 116 countries to claim the 2012 Championship title. As an Emmy Award winning journalist and a proud member of the National Speakers Association, Ryan uses his background in multimedia and speaking to help reach the younger generation on the importance of improving their communication skills in order to advance in their professional and personal life.

3 Comments on "Wait… what are you doing?"

  • NOW is a gift….that’s why they call it the present.
    Enjoy! #AveryTour

    • Good, sound advice…keep dreaming BIG, and keep enjoying all of those wonderful moments.

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