Have you ever thought about what your biggest regret in life is? How do you feel about it? Do you think that you can still do something to ease that feeling of regret in your heart? These are just some of the questions that sometimes linger in my mind whenever I spend quiet time with myself.
If you were to ask other people about their regrets, you’d be surprised that they have this thing in common. I regret NOT pursuing my passion; I regret NOT investing early for my retirement; I regret NOT traveling when I had the chance; I regret NOT telling the people I care for the most how much I love them. Have you noticed something similar on each? — They all regret “NOT” doing something that they wanted to do.
Thinking back, I could say that it also goes the same for me. Almost all of my regrets revolve around the things that I did not do in the past. Here are some to name a few; I regret not standing up for the course that I wanted to take in collage because I was afraid of what my family will say about it. I regret on not pursuing a girl I really liked because I fear that I might get rejected at the very end. I regret not being confident enough about myself because I was afraid to hear what other people will say about me. I regret not going out of my comfort zone because I was afraid of failure. Pretty much, these are some of my biggest regrets that sometimes circle around my mind whenever I am alone.
Having said these, I realized that not doing the things that I wanted to do in the past have left a more painful impact on me compared to the things that I did but eventually failed. My first business venture in a franchise closed down after a year because of decreasing sales. Yes, it was a failure but I was glad that I tried it because I learned valuable lessons such as how to handle stress from decreasing sales, how to manage people and how to speak to other business personnel.
Now comes the next part; you might be wondering, how do we move on? How do we stop living a life full of regrets? Here’s a short video that I want to share with you guys.
Enjoyed watching the short video? Notice and realize that you too have a chalkboard. List down all the things that you wished you should have done in the past. Realize as well that you also have an eraser and every day that comes is now a clean slate. Use your list of regrets as a guide for the things that you should no longer be doing in the coming days of your life.
Look at yourself in the mirror. Are you happy with what you see? If not, then there must be something that need to change in your life. Stop wasting your precious time thinking about your regrets. Life is too short to be depressed about the things that happened in the past. Stand up! Start pursuing the dreams that you want for your future. Change for the better! Start living your life.
Pick up that eraser. Erase all those bad memories and replace them with beautiful ones. Don’t let the past dictate how your future will become. What happened in the past is done; It’s all over. So start a new chapter of your life. Set big goals! Goals so big that just thinking how big they are would scare and bring out all the excitement in you. Take that first step. Start moving forward!
Don’t let yourself live an empty life; physically present but mentally in pain. Don’t let those voices in your mind stop you from becoming the best version of yourself. You’re still alive! You have what it takes to change your life into a brighter one.
Let me tell you; if you can’t believe in yourself; just remember, you have ME who believes in YOU. 🙂
“I believe in you.”
I hope this article taught you something about how to achieve success.
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