We often say that you shouldn’t dwell on the past and that we all make mistakes, but you can do something about the future. When you get older, you don’t want to find yourself wondering whether things could have been better, if only you had done some things differently, and you don’t want to have to live with regrets. Here are ten important things that you decide today, so you don’t have regrets in ten years’ time.
1. Putting money above all else
Money, sadly, does make the world go round, but putting money ahead of everything else is something that you will regret in the future. No amount of money in the bank account will make up for lost friends and lost relationships, so keep things in perspective and make sure you leave time to be with the people who are important to you.
2. Not following your dreams
We can’t do all the things that we might hope to, but you should at least try and follow your dreams. The thing that many people live to regret is not so much that they didn’t achieve their dreams, but that they never even tried.
3. Not learning more
You can never know everything and there is always something new to be learned. There is so much out there to be discovered, and learning new things can lead to new possibilities. You don’t need to become a university professor, but understanding the world around you a bit better will help you enjoy what it has to offer more.
4. Being selfish
Not giving when you can and not helping your friends will also be something that you will regret in ten years’ time. You will miss out on the joy of giving and you might also find that the help is not there, when you are the one who needs it.
5. Being afraid of change
Most people fear change to one degree or another, but if you let that fear get in the way of you moving forward, then you will regret that later on. Change is inevitable and is not always for the good, but change is what makes life interesting and keep us moving forward.
6. Not being yourself
It’s also important to be yourself. Putting on an act to impress other people will never make you happy, because you will spend all your time worrying about that other people think about you. You don’t have to be perfect to get on in life, you just have to do your best and be you.
7. Giving up too soon
Quitting too early is another thing that you might regret in 10 years. Sometimes things do get tough and you may well feel like throwing in the towel, but giving up too early, too often, will mean that you never quite achieve your goals, when you could have done.
8. Settling for second best
You will also need to stand up for yourself and even fight sometimes, for the things that you deserve. Don’t always just take the easy route, because you deserve the best that you can get.
9. Letting other people make your decisions for you
You also shouldn’t let anyone else rule your life, not even someone that you love. Don’t let people push you around and don’t spend your life being a people pleaser. You only have yourself to answer to and you need to make decisions for yourself.
10. Putting off to tomorrow what you could have done today
Don’t delay doing the things that you want to do, because tomorrow never comes. There will always be an excuse that you can find to delay making decisions or to not make a start on anything. Delaying though, will only mean that you’ll never finish, so make a start today and soon you will reach your goals.