I keep coming across this one article about a palliative nurse, Bronnie Ware, who reflects on the most common regrets of those who are dying in her book, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.” She touches on the fact that regardless of where you are in your life, there is absolutely no need for regret.
Regret is a funny thing. You don’t realize you have any until it is too late. But, what if you could take a few simple steps today that would allow you push regret to the curb? We all want to live the best life possible. After all, we only have one shot. You don’t want to be like many of the patient’s described in Ware’s book – about to die and regretful of not seizing the day and living the best life they could have possibly lived. You want to be satisfied with your life.
Take action now to make sure that you have no regrets in the future. Live the life you want. Appreciate what you have, work towards what you want and believe in your dreams. Never settle for anything less than your best. If you put you mind to it, anything is possible. Above all, keep you long-term happiness in mind. Remember that tomorrow isn’t a given and you have to be the one to make things happen. Check out these 7 key steps to living life with no regrets:
We all move at record speed, but does doing the most really give you the most enjoyment out of life? Rushing through the limited moments we have only sets us up for disappointment in the long run.
The key is to savor each and every moment we are given. Delight in the simplicity of everyday activities and cherish the milestones with ease. Learn to live in the moment, enjoying it for what it is at that particular time. Feel each touch, smell every smell and see the splendor in high-definition.
Find out how to savor every moment with these five techniques:
Insecurity is a major part of most of our lives. Though the specifics may be different, we are all insecure about something. It’s a natural feeling to have, but that doesn’t mean you should have to deal with it. Its effect can cause you to avoid certain situations or even completely shun the unknown. Imagine a life in which you were empowered and felt absolutely no self-doubt at all. What could you achieve?
Self-doubt is caused by expectations and pressures around us. We are told to look, feel and think a certain way or else we won’t fit in with everyone else. When we end up not looking, feeling or thinking that specific way, we feel ostracized – not part of the crowd. In our quest to fit in, we begin to have a strong feeling of insecurity and self-doubt. We realize that everyone is different – and that makes the world a delightfully exciting place – but still can’t help but yearn to be accepted.
Break that mold. Move away from what is expected of you and blaze your own trail. You are a unique individual, someone who can’t be categorized or stigmatized for something beyond your control. You must realize that you are wonderful the way you are, regardless of what anyone else says.
All it takes is a little self-reflection on yourself, your current insecurities, what you can do to overcome them and what you actually love about yourself. For a little inspiration, check out these 7 questions that will help you banish self-doubt today:
It’s tough to maintain control of your life when you are constantly being pulled in a hundred different directions. Work, friends and family – they all want your attention…right now. Balancing everything and ensuring everyone is happy leaves no time for yourself and no time for what you want to do. That’s no way to live.
What type of life are you living when you’re merely existing to go through the empty and meaningless “motions?” You wake up, drive to the office, make money for someone else, come home, contend with any personal obligations, and repeat day in and day out. It’s a mediocre way to live, at best, and causes many to lose complete hope in the “light at the end of the tunnel.” Unfortunately, working harder and spending more time doing X, Y and Z doesn’t always pay off.
Today’s the day when you must take back control of your life. After all, it is your life. You only have one chance to live the best life possible, so make it amazing. Take chances, do what you love and, most importantly, be in charge of your own destiny.
You’ve heard it before. They come in a variety of forms, from “There’s just not enough time in the day” and “The timing isn’t right” to “I’m the underdog” and the infamous “I’d love to do that, BUT…”
All of these have one common denominator – they are excuses.
The trap is easy to fall into. One day, you are super motivated and determined to achieve the goals you’ve set forth for yourself. Then, all of the sudden, you find yourself making more and more excuses to put off completing something. Whatever the real cause may be, you’re stuck. And the cycle continues.
They may seem harmless at first, but those excuses eventually pile up and turn into something much bigger – and much scarier.
Relationships play a big role in the story of our lives. They can make it absolutely remarkable or push it down to unfathomable lows. That’s why it’s important to cherish what you have with those closest to you in order to maintain a connection and strong bond.
Those relationships are built on support. When things get difficult for someone in your life, it’s vital that you’re there for them, backing their decisions and acting as their biggest cheerleader. In the same token, you should share their most significant triumphs and successes as if they were your own. That’s how two people stay united through the test of time.
It really doesn’t matter if you know someone or not; you should always strive to influence their day in a constructive way. The world is an interconnected place. Offering a little kindness where it’s least expected could have a resonating effect. A smile, thank you or caring act can go a long way.
People seek out safety and stability from birth. Establishing personal and professional boundaries that satisfy these inherent needs is necessary, but what happens when you yearn for your freedom from behind the big fence you’ve slowly built throughout your life?
Moving out of your area of comfort is essential to flourish, accomplish your ultimate dreams and lead a remarkable life. Recognizing what activities and philosophies are within your comfort zone enables you to begin to contemplate the idea of pushing through that fence in order to experience the wonders of life and the world that you never thought were “for you.” That invisible line that divides comfort and dreams must be broken to take advantage of all that life has to offer.
Check out some useful tips to help you move out of your comfort zone below: