5 REGRETS YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE IN 5 YEARS
Let me re-share a quick story and some important life lessons
This morning, like he has every morning for the last decade, my 86-year-old grandfather picked a fresh wild flower on his morning walk and took it to my grandmother. This morning I decided to go with him to see her. And as he placed the flower on her gravestone, he looked at me and said, “I just wish I had picked her a fresh flower every morning when she was alive. She would have loved that.”
As you can imagine, his words touched a nerve in me. I almost immediately started thinking about everything and everyone I care about, and what I don’t want to regret down the road. It almost felt like every aspect of my life was flashing before my eyes. And as soon as I got home, I started jotting down some key things that had come to mind. When I was done, I read the list to Marc. He nodded his head all the way through to the end, and then said, “I couldn’t agree more. I don’t think anyone wants to regret any of those things when they’re older.” Perhaps you will also agree…
1. Spending too little time with the right people
Sooner or later, you just want to be around the people who
make you smile. So today, spend time with those who help you love yourself
more. And remember, the people you take for granted today may be the only ones
you need tomorrow. Never be too busy to make time for those who matter most.
2. Not taking action on meaningful goals
Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy creating new ones. You either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Most of the time, the only difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. When it’s all said and done, be sure you haven’t said more than you’ve done.
3. Settling for less than you are capable of
Remember, growth and change may be painful sometimes, but
nothing in life is as painful as staying stuck where you don’t belong.
4. Collecting more excuses than you can count
If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you
don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
5. Letting impatience dominate your decisions and actions
Patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a
good attitude while working hard for what you believe in.
And of course, if you’re struggling with any of these points, know that you are not alone. Many of us are right there with you, working hard to feel better, think more clearly, and live a life free of headaches and heartache.
Of course, making these shifts—thinking and living better—takes guidance and practice.