Tuesday, August 6, 2013

“How to Avoid Regrets in Your Life?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Over short time periods, people are more likely to regret actions taken and mistakes made. Over a long time, they are more likely to regret actions not taken, such as missed opportunities for love or working too hard.” - Melanie Greenberg, clinical psychologist

We all have regrets in our life. Most people at the end of their life journey especially before their death regret one way or the other over the mistakes they made in their lifetime and implore others not to repeat those mistakes. Although we don’t want to die with regrets, it is a fact of life that everyone dies with some regrets.  When we take the example of Lakshmi Niwas Mittal, global steel giant and one of the richest persons in the world, he has the regret of not pursuing as an assistant professor. He has the regret of not doing MBA.  Likewise, everyone has some regrets in life. 

Research shows that young people regret about their decisions on career and love and old people regret for not expressing their love and not spending their life with others. Here are the five most common regrets of dying people recorded by Australian nurse Bronnie Ware: 1) I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me; 2) I wish I had not worked so hard; 3) I wish I had had the courage to express my feelings; 4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends; and 5) I wish that I had let myself be happier.

The noted author Patrick Mathieu once remarked, “The key is to remain focused on the present. Regret comes from focusing on the past and wishing it was different. When regrets pop up, we need to remind ourselves that we did the best we could with the information we had at the time.”  Hence, don’t worry about the unpleasant past that cannot be changed. And research shows that people waste 30 percent of their time by thinking about their unpleasant past. Don’t worry about the future as you cannot predict it.  Learn to live in the present by focusing on your goals without wasting your precious time by balancing your personal, professional and social life.

To summarize, plan properly when you are in the early stage of your life to avoid regrets at the end of your life. God gifted all of us with a huge potential and we must know how to channel this potential in a right way to achieve our goals. It not only provides meaning to our lives but also helps make a difference in the lives of others.  Remember, life is a journey, enjoy every moment. Leave no room for regrets.


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