How To Overcome Your Regrets In Life

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.”

-Pete Zafra

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  • Awesome! Thank you bro. 🙂

  • This is so nice! Thanks for sharing this.

  • Leke Awonuga

    The mirror example you highlighted is perfect for this topic. I relate with it. Keep it coming bro…

  • mail4rosey

    Every day really is a clean slate. I’m very glad that is true too.

  • Shubhada Bhide

    Great to see this post! Had read Pete’s post on this subject and now yours. Mistakes we all make, as Long as we learn from them and don’t repeat…no need to hv any regrets.

  • I learned not to think about the things I regret and just do something about it instead. It took me a long time to realize that. This post is very motivating, thank you!

  • Kelly Chin

    It easy to say but really hard to do. The things that we regret in life usually gave a dent in our life, I hope that I can pick up, erase and move on.

  • Pooja Kawatra Gupta

    If we can learn and move on with a positive note and not making the same mistake again.

  • I think life always about going forward. Regrets have no room. We should just take each lesson and move on.

  • Pal Raine

    I don’t like to be sarcastic here, but honestly I don’t have any regrets in my life. Whatever affirmative or negatives I have done in the past..for me it’s a learning process. And if I think of it, I just laugh and tap myself go and make it better. 🙂

  • dmhyf

    As the song goes, “Regrets I had a few, but then again too few to mention.” Idelly we should not burden ourselves with regrets. – Fred

  • AsbI always believe, its better to have a difficult life than life with regrets!!

  • Suzanne Rudge (MapleMouseMama)

    I think it is naturally for everyone to have some regrets. I do for sure, but I have found that as I get older I don’t fear stand in my way. I want to not have regrets eventually and the only way to do that is to just start.

  • Girl Unspotted

    Living through your regrets sounds like an unhappy life. Acceptance to things you cannot change is the first step. Great post!

  • Well regrets dont get us anywhere but it does motivate us to do better and not repeat the same mistakes