As we have discussed previously in regards to turning our failures into a success story, similar ideas need to be addressed when talking about living life with no regrets. Unfortunately, throughout our lifetimes, we have all done something we wish we never did, and ultimately wish we could have our time back. However, as we become older and more mature within ourselves, we begin to learn and grow from our past experiences weather they be positive or negative actions. It’s important to note that without these negative experiences we have encountered we may not have grown into the strong and knowledgeable people we consider ourselves today.
Living life with no regrets is all about attempting to take on every opportunity life provides you with, and when life nears the end for you, you can sit back and think to yourself that you took on every opportunity and you have gone through life with little regrets, and by doing so there is a good chance that you have reached your ultimate goals that you set out for your life. My previous post was all about turning our failures into success, and noticing that failures are the underlying secret to success. Here, we can identify that people that normally have the greatest amounts of regret in their life are generally the ones who are most afraid to fail, and are afraid to take on the risks. This can be due to their past experiences of failure, and are scared to encounter failure once again in their lifetime.
It’s important to embrace new opportunities with open arms that come too you. NHL Hall of famer, Wayne Gretzky stated one of the more famous quotes in sport, he said; “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Now applying this back to this particular topic, the exact same can be said. Every time you turn down an opportunity, whatever that may be, you are losing an opportunity that could help shape the person you wish to become. This could then make you regret your decision to do turn down that event, making you pile up the list of regrets that you have, and over a period of a lifetime, those regrets can add up substantially and all of a sudden your life could have been a question of “what could it have been?”.
Be adventurous, be willing to take on new ideas, consider yourself a risk taker at times. Don’t follow the path taken by others, and more importantly don’t let others make you to take on their chosen path. Surround yourself with those people that share a positive outlook on life, the last thing you want for your own personal happiness is to surround yourself with negative people, these are the toxic people who will want to lead you down their path, instead of chasing your desire to create your own path towards your ideal level of success that you have set out.
Take your opportunities when you can, live life to the fullest without any regrets.