Life is all about choices we make. It’s not always easy to think about your life ten years from now, but if you could, what regrets would you have? These ten choices will definitely lead to regrets, though, so avoid these life choices as much as possible.
1. Creating and maintaining a fake persona to impress others.
If you constantly are putting on a mask to please others, someday you’ll find yourself with nothing left. When you spend that much time thinking of how people perceive you or how people want you to be, you run the risk of forgetting who you truly are. So, instead of fearing judgement from others, know who you are and make strong decisions. Remember that you don’t have to be perfect in order to inspire and enjoy those around you. Let others see who you are and be inspired by how you handle the small imperfections of yourself.
2. Letting someone else create your aspirations.
While one of the hardest things in life is finding who you are, the second hardest is being happy with who you are. A huge part of this step is making the decision to staying faithful to your aspirations and dreams. Is there some conflict in your life? That’s not always a bad thing. In fact, people disagreeing with you means that you’re strong enough to stand up to pressure and instead make your own decisions. Sometimes you’ll do things that others may think are crqazy, but when you find activities that you truly enjoy, that’s when you know you’re on the right track. Find what you love and build your dreams around that.
3. Keeping negativity as part of your life.
People in your life are going to have bad moments, but don’t surround yourself with people who are always seeing the bad aspects of life. Who you keep in your life is a choice, so instead of choosing to be around negative individuals, look for friends and companions that have a bright and positive spin on life. When you make this choice, you’ll find yourself more able to be compassionate, generous and patient on a daily basis.
4. Being selfish.
When you die, you want to be remembered for a full lifetime of good deeds and a shining character. The people that you inspired will remember you and your actions long after you’re gone from the earth. So, instead of focusing on your accomplishments all the time, remember that it’s the people in your life that really matter. What you do for the average person and the world’s good will remain.
5. Resisting change and growth.
If you want to know what your past was like, look at your life today. If you want to know what your future will be like, look at your present actions. You have to be able to let go of old habits in order to grow and make advances in your life. If you acknowledge your inability to change and take steps to address this habit, you will be able to lead a much more fulfilling life.
6. Giving up in hard times.
Remember that there are no true failures in life, just results. Life won’t always turn out the way you planned, but don’t use this as an excuse to give up. Learn from every experience and keep moving forwards. Those who continue to advance throughout life will end up winning in the end. Small steps, decisions, and actions build on each other and you’ll be surprised at the end result.
7. Allowing yourself to micromanage.
Think of life as a delicate flower which should be touched, but not strangled. Sometimes you have to relax and let the world run around you without trying to control every small thing. Take a deep breath and step back for a moment to gain some perspective when you feel out of control. When you start to see the bigger picture again, take the next step forwards. Your life doesn’t have to always make sense so don’t worry if you can’t connect the dots at the present moment.
8. Settling for less.
Why give up on yourself or settle for something that isn’t what you really want? Sometimes you have to be willing to fight for what you want or deal with disappointment or even waiting. Don’t ever settle when your dreams or goals are at stake.
9. Endlessly waiting for something to happen.
You may feel as though you have all the time in the world, but one day you’ll wake up to find that so much of your life has passed you by. When this happens, you won’t have enough time to do all the things you wanted to accomplish in your lifetime. Make sure that you’re working towards achieving your goals on a regular basis.
10. Being either lazy.
The world doesn’t owe you success. Actually, you have the responsibility to make something of yourself. Stand up straight and begin taking charge of your life. Instead of wishing for things to happen, go out and make them happen. You are important and needed, so don’t ever think the opposite is true. You are the answer to life’s question so go out and find your place in the world today.