I have never bought into the idea of “no regrets.” We all regret certain decisions we have made in our lives. You may call them learning experiences, or put some other spin on it, but unless you are a narcissistic, heartless, __________, you have some regrets. In reality regrets can be a good thing because it is an indication that you haven’t backed away from risk. If you embrace risk – you will have regrets.
The key to an abundant life is to minimize your regrets. I recently read an article about the things you will regret when you get older and that got me to thinking. What will I regret when I finally consider myself an old man. Looking back, what are things I want to have accomplished and at least in those areas have fewer regrets to look back on. Over the next several posts, I am going to address several of these topics because I feel they are universal in their application. For now – here is my list of areas I want to pursue in the coming years:
- Travel more.
- Learn to speak Spanish.
- Improve my physical conditioning.
- Don’t make decisions based on the fear of what might happen.
- Speak my mind more freely.
- Let go of grudges and anger more quickly.
- Make time for myself and the things I love to do.
- Worry Less and be More Grateful.
- Go see my favorite musicians when they are in the area.
- Spend less time worrying about what other people think.
There are actually 33 items on the personal inventory list that I have created, but these are my top 10 items I intend to get started on yesterday (some have actually been in the works for some time). I would challenge those who read this blog to stop and think about the things you want to have accomplished before you are too old to begin (and if you think you are too old, that is a pretty good sign that you are).
For Now! Fewer Regrets – More Living.