What did everyone tell you growing up? Eat your vegetables? Follow your heart? Trust your gut?

The advice we are given helps us navigate our lives whenever we face obstacles. Advice can even strengthen our professional skill set--David Garvin and Joshua Margolis of the Harvard Business Review even note, "Seeking and giving advice are [actions] central to effective leadership and decision making." We regard receiving guidance as "the passive consumption of wisdom." What if, however, the wise words we once received were never wise in the first place?

Here's something you have definitely heard before: Live every day like it's your last.

Our adrenaline junkie friends who are always doing something exciting swear by this saying. Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius once stated that "perfection of character is this: to live each day as if it were your last..." Even famous rapper Drake reminds us of our mortality, having crafted a whole song off of the idea that You Only Live Once.

Leana Delle, podcast co-host, registered nurse, and author of the Amazon Bestseller, Control Switch, recalls the famous 2005 Stanford University commencement speech given by Steve Jobs, in which he described how his daily morning ritual involved looking in the mirror and asking himself, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" If he answered no one too many days in a row, he asserted, he would change something about his life.

Delle, although understanding Jobs's process for attempting to achieve life fulfillment, explains instead that this way of thinking creates a "sense of panic that can ensue when faced with an imminent expression date."

Unfortunately, this last day mindset, although motivating for some, can ultimately be anxiety-inducing for the rest of us. As we are reminded of this advice, we are simultaneously reminded that we are not doing enough, or are not achieving what we should be achieving during our limited amount of time here on earth.

The solution? Do the total opposite--live each day as though it's your first. Delle reasons, "If we live each day full of wonder and appreciation while discovering a genuine sense of joy...that motivation for our truest passion would be more likely to present itself."

So--today is your first day of your life. You have been gifted a full future. What are you going to do today?