Have you ever regretted anything? I think we all have. It is hard not to, it seems at times it can be very difficult to know what the right decision is. In life I believe we all move toward things that make us happy, and away from that which could hurt us or make us sad, I also believe that all people no matter who they are; are entitled to as much happiness and success as they want. I wrote this article because I know what kind of capacity people potentially have; I know they are capable of great things. I wrote this article to share with you a few different tools and techniques that have increased my ability to make better choices and regret less. Read this article with an open mind and just try some of the ideas out, I mean what is the worst that could happen? Your life would get better?
Step 1: Say It Right
Often times it can be difficult if not impossible to make what you think at that moment will be the right choice. One of the biggest factors that will hold people back, is that to too often than not we are not completely clear on what type of result or outcome we want from a situation. Think about it, if you dont really know what kind of result you want it is going to be pretty hard to know what choice is going to be the right one. So what do you do? You get clear, before you make any choice you think about what you want out of the situation. Consider its effects in the short, and long term. Knowing exactly what you want is very powerful, and if you commit to using this tool I know you will make choices with ease and certainty.
Step 2: Give a little
We have all heard the golden rule; Do onto others as you would have them do onto you. This is probably one of the most important ideas to keep in mind when making good choices. When we are young a lot of us develop this me, me, me, attitude. We want all the toys, and we dont want to share. Now this mentality may get us a lot of toys, but it defiantly doesnt help you make friends. Success in this day and age is only reached by working together with others. If we can help others get what they want, it will be much easier and they will be much more willing to help us get what we want. So when faced with a choice it is always favorable to consider what you can give in that situation? Who else is involved? How can I help them and my self get what we want? Now you have a formula that is a winner every time. So put forth some effort to being aware of others, and get out there and give!
Step 3: Class Time
Now many of us think once we have finished high school or college the learning is over. Well my friends this could not be further from the truth. The only thing that changes is your class room environment. We are always learning new things, meeting new people, and gathering new information. Yet there is one lesson that escapes many of us, and that is no matter what happens in life we can always learn for a situation. So many of us are afraid to make bad choices because we do not want to encounter the pain that will accompany that choice. Yet keep in mind whatever we think about is what we manifest, so unfortunately when we get overly concerned with making the wrong choice we tend it descend further and further into that fear based thinking that in turn leads us to make a decision that we are unhappy with. All because we were not focused on the right things. I think it is pretty safe to say any skill or ability or just about anything else that we have developed in our life we did not do, or gain on the first try. A lot of us all want everything to just work out the first time and avoid failure at all costs. Well there is a term for that my friends and its called luck! The reality is that things generally do not work out the first time, if life was that easy we would all be healthy and rich, but we do not have to take failure as defeat. If you are willing to learn from your past you are much less likely to repeat it. How much you are willing to learn from your past experiences will be in direct relation to the quality of choices you make in the future. When you learn from your choices you end up with much less regret.
Step 4: Fear Is Your Friend
When it comes to making choices there can be a lot of fear involved. When it is time to make a decision, be it big or small we can encounter much uncertainty. The bad part is that fear can be so strong at times, it can render us useless, thus we end up making no decision at all. This is true regret, because there was no action. Is this not true with you? Don’t you regret the things you did not do, the things you did not say, the places you did not go. Fear is a part of who we are, everyone feels it from time to time, but we have the power to use it in a positive way. Remember our emotions are there for a reason, they are there to tell us something. Fear a lot of the time is there to tell us that success is right around the corner. Fear is there to let you know you are growing, to show you there is still uncharted territory for you to explore. All through out history the greatest of the great have felt fear. Surely they were not without it, rather they used it to push them forward. Now I am not saying that you want to go down in the pages of history, but you can have your own victories and triumphs when you choose to make fear your friend.
As we move through this journey of life we will surely encounter many valleys, although it is my strong belief that if you make a sound effort to make this previous ideas not only some tips and tricks you know, rather to make them a part of who you are. Own them, and they will work wonders for you, they will take you glorious places and countless peaks.