I have reached a point in life where I cannot afford to waste time. Each of us defines our boundaries. Many of the challenges we encounter in life are self-made and avoidable. There is rarely clarity with life. We must create clarity for ourselves. One of the most significant challenges is to learn how to live in a world of constant disruption and instant gratification and yet be relevant. Be sure you are moving in the right direction of your most authentic truth and greatest desires. There is a thin line between ridiculous and brilliant. The only person you are ever competing against is yourself.
Focus on how you talk to yourself about yourself. When you think it cannot be done, do it. Problem solvers view setbacks as opportunities. We can never let what we are good at limit our possibilities to explore the outer depths of who we are. Never stop wondering what is next and how you will get there. Spend your life living, not merely existing. Excellence is about being your best possible self. Allow excellence to become a state of mind. Your mantra. A lifestyle. Excellence is not a goal that is achieved overnight. Excellence is the legacy that lives on long after you!
There will always be room for improvement and an opportunity to challenge the status quo. Live with peace in knowing that every action you took in your past had a meaning behind it. You are not your past failures. Recognize and acknowledge your mistakes. You are who you are. And you are here for a reason. You have the unique opportunity to find a “why” that resonates with your spirit. The obstacle is the way. There will always be a way out of a current situation. You have to keep moving forward and growing while being brave enough to innovate and to seek what’s next and what’s new.
When in doubt humble yourself along the journey. We will have all the time to worry about the unimportant things when we are gone. Today is a great day to be a problem solver in as many lives as possible. Do not take away someone’s sunshine and do not die with your dreams still inside you. Cultivate and seize the opportunities. Create your possibilities while prioritizing making others feels good about themselves. No one has ever become poor by giving. The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention.
Here are seventeen common regret lessons we must discover before we die…
1. Giving up too soon.
2. Living someone else’s life.
3. Waiting to be chosen.
4. Valuing money more than time.
5. Developing the body more than the mind.
6. Not taking more risks.
7. Never telling your story.
8. Not saying “no” more often.
9. Procrastinating and wasting time.
10. Not freeing the mind to think, but only to store.
11. Living above the average line.
12. Allowing self-doubt to interfere with pushing toward and beyond your outer limits.
14. Focusing too much on quantity rather than quality. Not learning and experiencing more.
15. Not spending more time preparing for the future.
16. Not breaking free from the standard and confined paths of life.
17. Collecting more materials than memories.