We all hope to live a life with no regrets – but how many of us do?
Ask yourself this question:
If it were all about to end for you tomorrow – if that meteor out there in space is headed right for us, if that drunk doesn’t stop for the red light – would you have regrets at the way it all turned out?
Many of us have known regret. Some regrets are unavoidable, but sometimes they can take over our lives. As Mick Jagger said:
“The past is a great place and I don’t want to erase it or to regret it, but I don’t want to be its prisoner either.”
And what about the regrets we are in the process of creating today?
Let’s look at 11 things we can do right now so that when we write the final chapter on our own personal story, we can make it a happy ending.
Here’s 10 Ways To Live Life Without Regrets::
Find the courage to change things that should be changed and accept that there are some things that cannot be changed.
#2.Claim Your LIfe:
You’re the one bearing the consequences of your life – but are you the one living it?
Do you make your decisions based on your dreams and aspirations – or because it’s what your mother wants, what your father expects, what your husband needs?
Are you always afraid of what others might say about you if you live life your way?
One day life will be gone – imagine how you’ll feel if you get to the end of it and never made any of the important decisions in it. This is something you can change today.
“One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead”
#3. Don’t be afraid to let go:
Don’t cling on to things and people that you know, deep down, are not going to stay forever. Holding on to them will only make you weaker, and more insecure. People who have to leave will leave no matter how much you try to control them. And those who want to stay will find a way in no matter how much you shut them off.
#4.Always keep on moving forward:
I know it seems like a rather large list of things to take on, but you can accomplish a lot on this list by doing just one thing. For example, right now as I’m typing this I’m putting into practice at least eighteen things.
#5.Say Yes or No Today to Your Dreams:
Do you have a dream? Are you actively pursuing it – or have you left it for ‘one day’?
One Day is the one day that never comes.
So if you want never to have regrets then make the decision here, now, even before you finish reading this post: either say goodbye to your dream or start pursuing it today. That way you will have consciously made the decision to follow it or abandon it. So go for it – or forever be comforted by your reasons not to, then let go.
Then there will be no regrets.
‘Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.’
Sydney J. Harris
#6.Always look for things that make you happy:
People may think otherwise, but it is not selfish at all to keep your own happiness a priority. You will never be able to keep anyone else happy unless you’re happy yourself.
#7.Learn From Your Mistakes, Don’t Regret Them:
Have you noticed that people who regret their mistakes also tend to make those same mistakes again and again?
Regretting a mistake is not the same as learning from it.That’s why we repeat them until the lesson sinks in.
‘The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I’d make all the same mistakes – only sooner.’
#8.Live in the now:
By loving the present and being aware of your thoughts and actions. Think happy thoughts and speak powerful words.
It never helps. The more you rant, the worse it makes you feel about your life. Either be the change you want to see in others, or accept the world the way it is.
#10. Don’t Hide Your Feelings:
The greatest regret you can have is having someone leave your life forever and you haven’t told them how you really feel.
‘I love you.’
Is there someone you would like to say one of these things to? Do it now – you can never possibly know if this is not the last chance you’ll ever have to do it.
‘The regret of my life is that I have not said ‘I love you’ often enough.’