The papers are filled with tributes to the Apple visionary, Steve Jobs. I always feel particularly sad when someone has lost their life to cancer – something close to my own heart.

Despite not personally knowing a person, you can still feel connected to them in some way. In this case I am sure most of you reading this blog have never met Steve Jobs but you probably own some sort of Apple device or certainly have friends who are Apple fanatics. I myself am very loyal to the brand and like to have my i-devices close to hand. It was the iPod that completely changed my commuting experience and from there it has just kept getting more impressive. As David Cameron said on Twitter  -‘He really has transformed the way we work and play.’

I wanted to send you all a quote from Steve Jobs that was in today’s Times as I think it is very true from a life coaching perspective. Clients come to coaching because they want more from their lives and want to find out what their reason for being is. While we can’t all be Steve Jobs, we do have a role to play in the world and I think if you take heed of his words below it will help you keep perspective when trying to figure out what you should be doing each day.

“ Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

Today’s blog is all about seizing the day – something I am passionate about.  The one thing I really enjoy about living in England is how everyone makes the most of the good weather (which is hopefully going to return this week-end).

I thought my Jack Russells were the perfect subjects for this blog, as I never get bored watching their attitude to life.  I believe we can learn a lot from our feisty four legged friends.

Their approach to life is one of constant curiosity for EVERYTHING, they have never ending passion and energy, boldness and bravery – they will never accept defeat or believe anything is bigger than them. They approach every day with the same intensity as if it had never been seen before and was never going to be here again. They are loyal to the dying day and love like there is nothing to lose. In a nutshell nothing gets them down – ever!

I believe we can all do with a little bit of JR attitude. The first thing is to wake up and say ‘thank you’ for your day – it is a gift and you never know when it will be your last. The second thing is to be mindful of your attitude throughout the day and notice when you are slipping into negativity or feeling defeated. Life Coaching is all about creating change which is in two parts, the first being awareness of what you want to change and the second is conscious discipline and action to change what you don’t like about yourself.