Have you ever asked yourself, “What if?” “What if I did not quit school”, or “What if I’d tried harder in school, maybe I could have gone to college”. What if!
This book has caused me to contemplate my own life. I love when books, people, or sermons stir up change in my life. This book is a life changer.
Did you know that research has found that when people are young, they regret things that they did, however as we age, older people tend to regret things that they did not do?
Younger people look at their bad decisions and regret making them while older people regret opportunities that they missed in life. Nonetheless, life is always full of regrets. So how do we live a life that is not full of regrets, is it possible?
Honestly, I don’t know the answer to that question, but what I do know is this, we all make mistakes…or do we? I reframe from calling my bad decisions mistakes, instead I just look at them as learning curves in life that guided me off in another direction. When I realize that I have left my path in life, I quickly get myself back on track, forgive myself and move on. No regrets!
In order to do that, you must see that you have a purpose in life. Realizing your purpose and staying on track means that you must stop chasing the wrong things in life, things that lead to destruction. Instead get your life in order and set high goals for yourself. Many of you speak to me about money, as if that is the only answer to life's problems. You must realize that money also causes problems in life. I love this quote, “When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.” Wayne Dyer
Another way of not living a life full of regrets is that you must let go of the Victim Mentality. People who live their entire life as victims never achieve happiness or success. I look at it this way…if someone hurt you in the past, leave it in the past or that person continues to hurt you even if they are no longer in your life. Also, give up excuses as to why you can’t be successful. Don't make excuses, make progress. There are many people who have pulled themselves out of poverty and reached the heights of success.
Take Ben Carson for example. Mr. Carson was a poor child born to a 13-year-old mother. His mother cleaned houses for a living along with holding down two other jobs. Mr. Carter’s father abandoned him at a young age. They were very poor. Ben Carson could have lived a life blaming his father for leaving him, or his mother for being poor. But instead, Ben Carson worked hard at school and ended up graduating from University of Michigan Medical School and Yale University and now he is running for President of the United States of America.
I say, give up the “what if” mentality and remember that you can become whatever you want to be in life. So think big, dream big, believe big and the results will be big!
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars!” Lee Brown