[vimeo id="77435953"] “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain
Most people only think about regret in terms of the things we've done in the past. However, we can also regret the things we don't do. We regret, perhaps, inaction more than action. We spend lots of time trying not to make bad decisions that we’ll later regret, but we shouldn’t forget about the fact that it’s entirely possible to look back on our lives and regret never doing anything meaningful.
So how do we avoid the regret of inaction? Here are a few key principles:
● Take the first step. When you take the first step, you’ve overcome the biggest obstacle anyone faces when it comes to avoiding the regret of inaction. Even if you don’t feel 100 percent prepared right now, your worst try will always be 100 percent more effective than the person who never did.
● Seek impact more than comfort. We all have a natural tendency to seek what’s comfortable. We want to be secure. However, comfort is a dangerous trap that can keep us from ever stretching ourselves and growing into a better version of who God wants us to be. When we seek impact more than comfort, we’re more likely to avoid the regret of inaction because we’re constantly looking for ways to make a difference.
● Don’t give into the fear. Whenever you have an idea for something you should act upon, there’s always going to be a sense of fear that slowly creeps into your head. For many people, this fear keeps them from ever taking action. Act in the face of fear. Remember that crazy ideas are the ones that change the world. Learn how to overcome the internal roadblocks that keep you from making a difference.
The good news is that it’s not too late. You are here breathing, which means you still have a chance to do what you might have done, and be what you might have been. Right now you have an opportunity to write yourself a future free of regret.
Take this opportunity to explore, dream, and discover. I promise you won’t regret it.
Is there anything you regret not doing? How do you look to overcome the regret of inaction in your daily journey?