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“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’” (Maude Muller)

No one wishes to look back on their lives and see a history potted with regrets and lost opportunities. Unfortunately, there are too many people that leave this world being only mildly acquainted with their best selves, having stopping truly living long before they died.

Before you get discouraged at the thought of your already missed opportunities or recent regrets, remember: one of the great joys in life is the joy of trying again! No failure ever need be final. What we have the power to become is far more important that what we once were. We still have time ahead of us and this is the time we wish to capitalise on. So, here are three ways to avoid regrets and become better.

Create your vision

In order to become something – we have to see it with our minds eye first. Picture it. Be specific. Engage your senses with it. It has been said that the doorways of history turn on small hinges, and so do people’s lives! The collective outcome of our small decisions make up our life. Look ahead, set a course and be ready when the opportunities present themselves to make the right decisions.

Put the effort in!

Work without vision is drudgery, vision without work is dreaming, but work coupled with vision is destiny!
I like this poem, whose author is unknown:
“Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honour, power, place and praise,
Will always come to the one who stays.

Stick to your task ’til it sticks to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile, 
Will come life’s victories after a while.”

Be courageous

It has been said that courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of it. It has also been stated that courage becomes a living and attractive virtue when we realise that it is not about being willing to die manfully, but about having the determination to live decently.

Let’s look to the future with an eye of faith. Work, sweat and smile at all life throws at us. Let’s be courageous in our commitment to live decently. As we make the decisions in advance as to how we will live, we prepare ourselves to respond well to opportunity as it races past us. For often, it doesn’t knock and wait. It gallops by and we need to be ready to jump on it quickly.

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