If you're anything like me, you've probably had some really amazing high points coupled with some absolutely devastating lows in your lifetime. From deepening relationships, to finding a new job, to losing a loved one, our lives are fraught with waves of happiness, accomplishment, sadness, and everything in-between.
If these moments have encouraged you to live your life in such a way as to avoid having regrets — to finally follow your dreams and not take anything for granted — here are nine strategies to follow each day to keep regret at bay.
1. Ditch the worry.
In today's world, there's always something to worry about. But worrying zaps the joy from the present, clouding your vision of the possibilities that await. And if and when something bad does happen, all of that worrying likely won't do anything to lessen the pain or prevent it in the first place. Take back control of your mind and feelings by staying focused on the now and your untapped potential.
2. Take big risks and let go of failures.
The fear of failure holds so many of us back from realizing our dreams or even taking the next step toward bettering our lives. Everyone fails — that much is guaranteed. What matters is how you respond when it happens. Ideally, you dust yourself off and try again, equipped with a bit more knowledge than the last time. Sometimes this means taking big risks, even calculated risks, to break free and move forward. You don't want to regret not going for that promotion or writing that long-awaited book. Remember that the fear is only temporary, but the regret is
3. Think less about what people think about you.
If social media is any indication, many of us care too much about what people think of us and are on a constant quest to seek their validation and approval. This can turn into an incredibly unhealthy dynamic where you're trying to be something you're not in order to please people you've likely never even met. Instead, it's helpful to realize that everyone has their own flaws and wants to be liked too. And any negative comments usually indicate more about the person saying them than they do about you. When you really need constructive feedback, don't look to strangers. Go to a trusted loved one or mentor who truly knows you and your intentions.
4. Go on an adventure.
We all tend to get bogged down in our little corner of life. Sometimes forcing ourselves out of that world is all it takes to see the positive side of life again and re-energize your spirits. Go on an adventure, travel, see how others live and what they aspire to do and be. Whether you go someplace locally or halfway around the world, just pick something that fits your budget, time-frame, and interests. It's time to check some places off your bucket list.